Black Swimmer Disqualified For Her Body

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An elite black swimmer was disqualified from competition for her body. John Iadarola and Jayar Jackson break it down on The Damage Report. Follow The Damage Report on Facebook:

“UPDATE: Sept. 11 — The Alaska School Activities Association reversed a teen swimmer’s disqualification on Tuesday after she was disqualified from a meet because too much of her buttocks was showing. “ASAA has determined, the disqualification was the result of the misapplication of the rule and as a result is being overturned,” the association wrote in a statement. PREVIOUSLY: A high school swimmer in Alaska won her 100-meter freestyle heat on Friday, only to be disqualified as soon as she got out of the water. Her one-piece swimsuit broke the modesty rule, the referee announced. The young girl, a 17-year-old state championship swimmer at Dimond High School in Anchorage, was wearing the school-issued swimsuit that every other girl on the team was wearing and yet she was the only one disqualified. A referee who was present at the swim meet told the Anchorage Daily News that the official who made the controversial call disqualified the girl because she could see “butt cheek touching butt cheek.” The referee who made the controversial call has not been publicly named and HuffPost will not identify the high school swimmer who was disqualified, as she is a minor. The disqualification quickly stirred controversy in the Anchorage community, with some pointing to the fact that the swimmer is nonwhite and “curvier” than most others on the team. Lauren Langford, a swim coach at a neighboring high school, was the first to make this point in a Saturday essay on Medium. “All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way,” Langford told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”” #TheDamageReport #JohnIadarola #TheYoungTurks