In 2012, a video circulated of Jamaican track star Usain Bolt stopping an interview with a Mexican reporter to show respect as the U.S. National Anthem was played for American Sanya Richards-Ross who’d just won gold for the 400-meter dash.
While Usain Bolt is most definitely black, he is apparently not feeling oppressed, even though his ancestors may well have ended up in Jamaica as slaves for British farmers. And he was not feeling oppressed by the National Anthem either.
And by the way, he’s also magnanimous.
CNN reports, In 2015, Bolt gave $1.3 million to his former high school along with soccer and cricket gear. He’s provided the school with track and field equipment since he signed with Puma in 2002.
Bolt opened a multi-sport playing field in Jamaica, raised funds for pediatric cardiac surgeries and partnered with Samsung (SSNLF) to provide photography workshops to students.
He even paid for a $4 million renovation to a local health center using the proceeds from a party he threw to celebrate breaking the 100-meter world record.
Bolt made history during Rio as the first Olympian to win gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 4×100 meter team relay at three consecutive Olympics.
Usain Bolt is a class act. Colin Kaepernick he ain’t.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]