FoxNews.com reports that
Gwen Berry, the U.S. Olympic hammer thrower who sparked outrage by turning away from the American flag during the national anthem, is sponsored by Color of Change, a left-wing group that advocates for defunding the police.
Color of Change, which has sponsored Berry since last September and is funding her through the end of the year, applauded her “leadership” on Tuesday amid the ongoing backlash.
“We’re proud to sponsor [Berry], to have negotiated a sponsorship with @PUMA and to continue to push corporations to support Black athletes who speak out for our communities. Grateful for Gwen’s leadership today and every day,” the activist group wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you Color of Change for always standing with me,” Berry replied.
Color of Change is unapologetically in favor of defunding the police.
“Policing is a violent institution that must end. We imagine a country where there is enough money to educate our children, care for our sick and feed those who are financially unstable. Defunding the police allows for this vision,” Color of Change President Rashad Robinson said in June after the Minneapolis City Council pledged to “dismantle” its police force.
The left-wing group also has active petitions in favor of defunding the police at both the local and national levels.
Color of Change didn’t return a request for comment on whether Berry supports her sponsor’s advocacy of defunding the police.
Berry claimed she was “set-up” after the national anthem began playing during her medal ceremony in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Saturday at which time she turned her back to the flag before eventually covering her face with a shirt.
“I feel like it was a set-up, and they did it on purpose,” Berry said of the timing of the anthem. “I was pissed, to be honest.”
Gold and silver medalists DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen faced the flag with their right hands over their heart while Berry faced away and toward the stands. She eventually picked up a black T-shirt with the words “Activist Athlete” printed on the front and draped it over her head.
But a spokesperson for USA Track and Field disputed Berry’s claim that it was a set up.
“The national anthem was scheduled to play at 5:20 p.m. today. We didn’t wait until the athletes were on the podium for the hammer throw awards. The national anthem is played every day according to a previously published schedule.”
On Saturday, the music started at 5:25.
Berry was previously sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee after raising her fist during the national anthem at the 2019 Pan-Am Games.
So, exactly what is this organization who goes by the name “Color of Change” all about?
Color of Change (also known as Color Of Change) seeks to “strengthen Black America’s political voice,” largely through the use of the Internet. In practice, however, the group does little more than take advantage of racially sensitive events, often tragic ones, in order to spread its progressive political agenda.
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area in 2005, government response and relief efforts were heavily criticized. Color of Change was founded in the aftermath to provide relief for the hurricane victims. The group did not fully accomplish one of its primary goals: congressional action to create satellite voting locations for displaced hurricane evacuees. As they indicated in their first Form 990 tax return: “We didn’t get what we wanted.” However, its founders, Van Jones and James Rucker, were propelled into the national spotlight. With this early attention, Jones and Rucker realized that Color of Change could potentially serve as a vehicle to advance their agendas and the agendas of their funders.
Color of Change has strong ties and various partnerships with the Services Employees International Union (SEIU), as well as with the now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). ACORN was composed of radical activists implicated in election fraud investigations.
Through the years, Color of Change has received considerable funding from groups controlled by George Soros, the billionaire best known for backing left-wing nonprofit groups. Since 2009, Soros’ Open Society Foundation (OSF) has given $550,000 to Color of Change and its parent organization, Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL). Among other recipients of donations from Soros are ACORN, People for the American Way, and MoveOn.org, where James Rucker previously served as Director of Grassroots Mobilization. Color of Change has had numerous campaign partnerships and close ties with MoveOn.org.
Quite a stellar organization, huh?
No wonder that ungrateful hammer-throwing brat turned her back while our National Anthem was being played.
She is being sponsored by the evil puppet master, himself, George Soros, who also sponsored Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm )in his quest to “radically change” America.
Just like you and I do, Gwen Berry has the right to protest.
However, there is a time and place for everything. And, the Olympic Trials, an event where you have to compete to be chosen to r4epresent the United States if America in a time-honored International Competition, is NOT the place to air your grievances concerning the Sovereign Nation whom you are being chosen to represent.
Yesterday, Meghan McClain went off about Gwen Berry’s disrespect on “The View”.
She said that Berry needs to realize that it is not about her.
She is actually right.
It is not about Gwen Berry.
Iti s about a generation with no Home Training who believe that they have the right to “act out” in public.
They also erroneously believe that living in this country is not a blessing.
So, here is what I suggest.
First, kick her self-righteous butt off of the United States Olympic Team.
Second, give her a one-way ticket to Russia, Venezuela, or another country more in line with her political views.
The immature Ms. Berry simply does not know how good she has it.
Until He Comes,
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