So Sunday an American won the New York City Marathon for the first time since 1982:
Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.
Keflezighi was born in Eritrea. So apparently he isn’t a “real American”:
Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.The positive sign was that some American-born runners did extremely well in yesterday’s men’s race.
If any of them stand on the top step of the podium in Central Park one day, that’s when I’ll break out my red, white and blue.
“Nothing against Keflezighi …” That’s like “I’m not a racist, but …” He’s a ringer, you see, because he was only brought here when he was 12 in order to beat true Merkins in the marathon. Taking away the glory of some true, “American-born” runners.
So the sportswriter got called on this bit of stupid. What did he have to say?
Here’s what the dude said on his twitter: “If u move here @ age 12, u aren’t American-born. USA running still has a problem even w/Meb win.” Here’s what he said in his follow-up article:
I said that Keflezighi’s win, the first by an American since 1982, wasn’t as big as it was being made out to be because there was a difference between being an American-born product and being an American citizen. Frankly I didn’t account for the fact that virtually all of Keflezighi’s running experience came as a US citizen. I never said he didn’t deserve to be called American.
Just that the writer wouldn’t honor him as an American. That’s all.