New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have beat her own personal best when it comes to how many people she’s attempting to bend to her will at a time, seeing as she seems to be attempting to bend the entire world to her will in her most recent tirade.
We’ve grown to expect Ocasio-Cortez to do things that would make most mature adults cringe and hide. However, that isn’t slowing down the congresswoman from the Bronx.
Most recently AOC is criticizing the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for their decision not to amend a policy and allow the suspension of an Olympic athlete for testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana, something AOC called “colonial and racist.”
“The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,” the New York Democrat tweeted.“The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use.”
Understandably there was an uproar on Friday when it was announced that sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was taking a month-long suspension after she tested positive for cannabis during the U.S. Olympic trials. According to Independent Journal Review Richardson won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds, making her a gold medal contender, cannabis and a heartwarming story on more than one front.
However, the organization felt it was their duty to stick to their guns and keep their policy alive:
“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement.“Hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her.”
The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy.
The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling along w/ IOC denial of swim caps for natural hair is deeply troubling. https://t.co/Ao1Yu8Ax9G
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 2, 2021
AOC, however, feels this is just totally unacceptable. She, along with Rep. Jamie Raskin who are on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties formally asked the USADA to end Richardson’s suspension so she can run in the Olympics.
“Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It’s rooted solely in the systemic racism that’s longdriven anti-marijuana laws,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.“Even the medical director of [the World Anti-Doping Agency], whose U.S. arm issued the suspension, has said there is no evidence that marijuana is performance enhancing. “Not to mention, marijuana is legal in Oregon where Ms. Richardson was when she used it.”
But does Richardson feel the same? The Olympic athlete has understandably been upset about the suspension but said in a statement to NBC’s “Today” show during a Friday that her mother had died just days before and she decided to try and use the drug to cope:
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” Richardson said. “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what I’m allowed not to do, and I still made that decision.”
While it’s understandable that Richardson might want to rage against the machine, AOC taking up an offense for her is a bit unsettling. Why does Ocasio-Cortez feel it’s racist to have drug rules? Why does she champion a cause that she knows to have been an issue when it comes to the self-same stereotyping that she has claimed to stand against?
Even the medical director of @wada_ama, whose U.S. arm issued the suspension, has said there is no evidence that marijuana is performance enhancing.
Not to mention, marijuana is legal in Oregon where Ms. Richardson was when she used it.
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 3, 2021
The athlete herself is taking it in stride, however, saying, “This is just one Games. I’m 21, I’m very young. … I have plenty of Games left in me to compete in and I have plenty of talent that backs me up, because everything I do comes from me naturally. No steroid, no anything,” she said.“This incident was about marijuana, so after my sanction is up I’ll be back and able to compete, and every single time I step on the track I’ll be ready for whatever anti-doping agency to come and get what it is that they need.”
AOC may well feel the world owes Richardson something, despite her clear violation of the Olympic rules, but she seems more determined to get revenge than Richardson herself, and whatever Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s personal problems with the commission, Richardson is right, she has time to make it onto the cereal boxes, and she’s no doubt learned the lesson she was meant to learn, no racism required.