One of the greatest seasons for Americans is the transition from August to September. This year, the high of being the clear victor of the 2021 Olympics is still fresh and we’re channeling it straight into the start of football season.
As the chaos in Afghanistan unfolded in recent weeks, there was a rush to prioritize the escape of athletes stuck in the country. This impulse is understandable but telling.
More than 4,200 people agreed with Alex Morgan when she tweeted a picture of an Afghan flag with the words “Save Afghan Athletes.” But she didn’t stop there. Morgan and the captain of the U.S. women’s national soccer team Becky Sauerbrunn then wrote to the State Department urging it to give humanitarian parole to members of the Afghanistan women’s soccer team.
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) August 24, 2021
They didn’t say “Save Afghan Women” or “Save Afghan Children.” They certainly didn’t say anything about saving Americans.