American Athlete Gwen Berry Raises Fist in Protest at Pan-American Games 

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Gwen Berry at the 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (jenaragon94/Flickr via Wikimedia Commons).

American athletes Gwen Berry and Race Imboden face possible consequences after making silent political protests during the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. On August 9, US fencer Race Imboden took a knee during an awards ceremony. The following day, hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who is Black, raised her fist during the national anthem. The two have defended their actions. 

In a pair of statements posted on Twitter, 26-year-old Imboden said he was honored to represent Team USA at the Pan-American Games. “My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart,” Imboden wrote.

“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” he continued. “I chose to sacrifice my moment today at…

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