On Friday, a member of the U.S. men’s fencing team who joined his teammates on the victory stand after they won a gold medal at the Pan American Games decided to make a political statement, taking a knee while the American national anthem was being played.
Race Imboden, whose teammates Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin both stood as the anthem was played in Lima, Peru, pontificated on Twitter that change was necessary and President Trump “spreads hate,” writing, “We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention