Sha’Carri Richardson Makes Powerful Statement By Only Speaking To Black Reporter After Title Win
Sha’Carri Richardson is on cloud nine after securing her first world title at the world championships and took time to speak to one Black reporter after a big win.
Richardson went viral on Tuesday, August 22 after a Twitter user posted a video clip that seemingly showed the American sprinter give one Black reporter an interview before shunning the other outlets.
“Sha’Carri Richardson only spoke to black journalists and told the white journalists, ‘No, thank you!’” the Twitter user claimed.
The video posted shows Richardson speaking with one reporter after her world championship win but kindly telling the remaining reporters, “No, thank you.”
Sha'Carri Richardson only spoke to black journalists and told the white journalists, ‘No, thank you!’
What is up with the disdain for white people lately? pic.twitter.com/s2Nmoyjp3G
— Amiri King (@AmiriKing) August 22, 2023
The exchange received mixed reactions.
“In 2021, yt media lambasted this young lady and painted her as a some kinda addict undeserving of sympathy after losing her mother and resorting to use weed,” one user explained.
“How is it white peoples fault she failed a drug test??” another user asked.
One person called for Richardson to be “canceled.”
The outspoken track and field star is no stranger to controversy. She missed the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after failing a drug test when cannabis showed up in her system. Richardson credited her marijuana use as a way to cope with the unexpected death of her biological mother while she was in Oregon for the Olympic trials, the New York Times reported at the time.
But Richardson still faces criticism as she works to redeem herself ahead of the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
On Monday, she became the fastest woman in the world, winning the biggest 100-meter race this side of the Olympics.
— Unapologetically Black & Positive (@KimWrites4U) August 22, 2023
Here’s another, slowed angle of Sha’Carri Richardson’s victory: pic.twitter.com/jr2cE2OyBN
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 21, 2023
On Tuesday, Richardson advanced in the 200m semis at the World Athletics Championships and was all smiles while receiving her gold medal.
So easy 😵
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) August 23, 2023
Sha'Carri Richardson was excited to receive her world championship medal. 😄
— NBC Olympics & Paralympics (@NBCOlympics) August 22, 2023
Richardson has also been flicking it up with Jamaican sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson to shut down online chatter about an alleged feud that ignited between the track and field stars before the 2020 Olympics.
This is growth. This is maturation. This is Sha’Carri Richardson, a champion.
The relationship between Sha’Carri & Jamaica was contentious, but if you’ve followed Richardson, she’s developed as a human as much as an athlete.
Her humanity & athleticism are both to be praised. pic.twitter.com/fcL8h1KRfZ
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) August 21, 2023
Now with her latest wins, Richardson proves that she wasn’t lying last month when she said, “I’m not back, I’m better!”
“I’m here to say, ‘I’m not back, I’m better ..’
Sha'Carri Richardson wasn't joking when she said this after winning the US championships in July. She literally proved it today. pic.twitter.com/jh3aIitZHG
— FAJ Sports (@FajSports) August 21, 2023