American Simone Manuel Speaks Out On Police Brutality, Race After Earning Olympic Gold

Manuel admitted that she was "super surprised" when she saw the "1" next to her name on the scoreboard and the victory could not have been sweeter.


In order to focus on chasing victory, Manuel forced herself to weaken the significance of being a rare black swimmer representing the U.S.


It is something I've definitely struggled with a lot," Manuel said. "I would like there to be a day when it is not 'Simone the black swimmer.'"


The title of black swimmer suggests that I am not supposed to win golds or break records, but that's not true because I train hard and want to win just like everyone else."


Manuel and teammate Lia Neal's being selected for Rio was the first time the American swim team chose two black female athletes at the same time.


This medal is not just for me. It is for some of the African-Americans who have come before and behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find love and drive to get to this point."


The first Olympic gold medalist in Rio is a record-setting American girl with a gun. The anti-gun crowd is already throwing a fit all over the Internet.

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