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Olympic Legend Michael Johnson Says, ‘Slavery Benefited Descendants Like Me’

Thu., Jul. 5, 2012 12:36 PM EDT
by A.R. Shaw

U.S. Olympic track star Michael Johnson thinks that slavery played a major role in helping him become a better athlete. Johnson, who was a gold medalist during the 1990s, discussed his talent with the Daily Mail and attributed most of his athleticism to being a direct descendant of slaves.

“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination,” Johnson said. “But it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations.

Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me — I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”

Johnson also says that black Americans and Afro-Caribbeans are the best athletes in the world because of the brutal nature of slavery.

“Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals. It’s a fact that hasn’t been discussed openly before. It’s a taboo subject in the States, but it is what it is. Why shouldn’t we discuss it?”

Although Johnson’s theory is controversial, there is no scientific proof that slavery allowed black American athletes to thrive over competitors. However, the psychological effects of slavery, overt racism and oppression continue to perpetuate damaging self-images for blacks to this day.

Share your thoughts. Do you believe  Michael Johnson was wrong for linking slavery to athletic superiority, or does he have a valid point?

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  • sobrangawitin

    He is wrong period.  Maybe he should spend a few years doing some real academic empirical research before dragging the Eugenics theme back into the main stream.  Next we’ll have people coming out of the wood work arguing that blacks are genetically less intelligent than other races!

  • Bmastou

    This was johnson’s own idiotic staement. So can we please not generalise all black people and start making racist staments. besides wasn’t he on banned drugs for most of his career, so i think we need to comsider the source too.

  • Valley_man07

    Who Cares…..What Michael Johnson should be more focused on is how more Black people should perform better in the Classroom…How’s that for Taboo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4E55XYQ44FRJNEDGWPW4OV7AAQ jya

    i don’t know what the heck this guy was thinking. slavery didn’t benefit anyone except the slave masters and their descendents that profited from the abuse and labor of those they abused. a peoples identity, history, and culture was taken away, how dare this idiot say some dumb s— like that. your genetics has nothing to do with slavery, and most of us here in america has other genetics in us now. sobrangawithin, no i will be saying this idiot is genetically less intelligent if he keeps saying slavery is credited to him be a great athlete

  • ZOEY0325

    DUMB, DUMDER, DUMBEST NEGRO TO EVER INSULT THE ANCESTORS WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM AND NEVER TO BE RETURNED TO THE MOTHER LAND… YOU BIG IDIOT!!! WE WERE TARGETED BECAUSE WE WERE ALREADY BIG AND STRONG..