All the Black women in us are tired
Analysis by Lisa Respers France, CNN
A 2018 study titled "Beating Opponents, Battling Belittlement: How African-American Female Athletes Use Community to Navigate Negative Images" from Morgan State University in Baltimore examined how they must navigate both racism and sexism in order to become champions.
For example, it noted that Serena Williams -- arguably the world's greatest tennis player with more than 20 Grand Slam wins -- has been compared to a "man" and a "gorilla."
Radio host Don Imus called the players on the 2007 Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" after they lost to the Tennessee team in the NCAA final.
Osaka, Biles and Richardson have been the targets of racism and sexism before, but even more so recently.
Both Osaka and Biles dropped out of competitions, they said, to protect their mental health and Richardson was disqualified from competing after testing positive for cannabis.
Richardson smoked marijuana legally in Oregon and explained that it happened after a journalist whom she didn't know broke the news to her about the death of her mother.
The three have been criticized as "quitters," "arrogant," "lazy" and "irresponsible" by some on social media. And those are just the words fit to print here.https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/01/entertainment/biles-osaka-richardson-self-care/index.html