So it is understandable when we found out that on July 1st, 2021 that she had been banned for weed consumption, that so many viewed it as yet another example of a Black body being unfairly targeted and punished. The injury, a minor drug offense, felt triflingly small: an affront to her athletic brilliance. It felt like yet another way of the world holding a Black person to an impossibly high standard, that the punishment was uniquely unfair and prejudicial. And in a world where these things are so often the case, it is understandable why that conclusion was drawn. However, this isn’t one of those instances.

Pub: Jul 10 2021 00:36 UTC
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