Courtesy of WaPo:

A member of the U.S. fencing team knelt on the podium during the national anthem and medal ceremony Friday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, saying on Twitter: “We must call for change.”

Race Imboden, an Olympic medalist and part of the men’s foil team that won gold at the Pan American Games, wrote on Twitter that he was honored to represent Team USA at the event, but his pride was “cut short” by “shortcomings” of his country.

“Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list,” he wrote in a series of tweets. “I chose to [sacrifice] my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”

There is a chance that Imboden will face a backlash for his actions from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee who claims he was instructed to “refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature.”

There are already a number of folks coming to his defense however so we will have to see if he is Colin Kapernick’d or given a pass. 

I mean he IS white so that already insulates him from certain criticisms.