Olympics: Recent Rulings Show Dehumanization of Black Women Athletes

The recent ban of hair caps that Black women swimmers use is being highlited as but one example of the way in whick Black female
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The recent ban of hair caps that Black women swimmers use is being highlited as but one example of the way in whick Black female athletes are being discriminated against.

With the Tokyo Olympics just weeks away, there are mixed feelings about the long-awaited return of the postponed competition. Amid ongoing criticism of the Olympics' role in displacing locals and this year potentially spreading COVID, criticisms of the games as a racial justice issue escalated over the weekend.

Beyond the Olympics' disappointing and undeniably racist policy barring athletes from protesting or sharing vaguely political messages at the games, a recent set of rulings and decisions by athletic governing bodies have demonstrated the unfair ways that Black women athletes are being treated.

On Friday, the International Swimming Federation banned hair caps that are used by Black women because they're suited for natural hair or braids in competition, according to HuffPo. Black women have spoken out extensively on the discrimination they face in workplaces and schools for their hairstyles.

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