U.S. fencer Race Imboden has revealed the inspirational position his mom performed in his resolution to protest President Donald Trump by taking a knee throughout a medal ceremony on the Pan American Video games in Lima, Peru, on Friday.
On Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” Imboden recalled studying a social media submit from his mother saying that “it’s time to use your voice” proper earlier than strolling to the rostrum as a part of the gold medal-winning foil staff.
“And I couldn’t think of a better time to use my voice than when I had just succeeded and won a competition and was at a moment that really for me is the pinnacle for my happiness,” the 26-year-old instructed host Don Lemon.
Imboden’s mom was “proud” of what he did, he added, though now “a little nervous and definitely a little worried.”
Imboden tweeted Friday that his pleasure in representing Workforce USA had been “cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart.”
“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” he wrote. “I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”
This month’s mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, additionally prompted him to protest, he instructed Lemon. “I just think seeing that kind of violence happen in a country that you love and that you represent, it’s difficult to swallow,” he stated.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is investigating Imboden’s protest.
Not competing on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics can be horrible, he added, however “it feels to me like something bigger than me, to stand up for people who don’t have voices.”
Take a look at the interview right here:
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