So, five-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson, now a BBC analyst for the 2012 London games, said "...difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me- I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us."
Damn. I did notice Johnson apparently waited to make a remark like that to a British publication (The Daily Mail) while working for a British media outlet. Johnson was at least mindful of the fact that if he had done this working in American media, he'd already be out on his ass. Either that, or Jimmy the Greek was a little before his time.
It does make me wonder if Johnson is just angling for a little extra relevance during the Olympiad, or if he actually thinks this way. To say slavery benefited anyone not at the handle end of a whip is the worst kind of attempt to make a point, any point, especially from someone who lives a far better standard than the vast majority of slaves. I'm sure they would have loved that word, benefit.
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