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Gwen Berry, the U.S. Olympic hammer thrower who sparked outrage by turning away from the American flag during the national anthem, is sponsored by Color of Change, a left-wing group campaigning to defuse the police.
Color of Change, which Berry has been supporting since last September and funding them through the end of the year, applauded on Tuesday amid the ongoing backlash from their “leadership”.
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“We are proud to be a sponsor [Berry]to have negotiated sponsorship with @PUMA and to keep pushing companies to support black athletes who stand up for our communities. Grateful for Gwen’s guidance today and every day, “wrote the activist group on Twitter.
“Thank you Color of Change for always being with me,” replied Berry.
Color of Change unequivocally supports the disempowerment of the police.
“The police are a violent institution that has to come to an end. We envision a country where there is enough money to raise our children, care for our sick, and feed those who are financially unstable. Deleveraging the police makes that vision possible, ”said Color of Change president Rashad Robinson said in June after Minneapolis City Council pledged to“ dismantle ”its police force.
The left group also has active petitions for defusing the police at both local and national levels.
Color of Change has not returned a request for comment on whether Berry supports her sponsor’s advocacy to invalidate the police.
Berry claimed she was “set up” after the national anthem began playing during her medal ceremony at the U.S. Olympic athletics tests on Saturday when she turned her back on the flag before finally covering her face with a shirt.
“I feel like it was a setup and they did it on purpose,” Berry said of the anthem timing. “I was mad to be honest.”
Gold and silver medalists DeAnna Price and Brooke Andersen stood facing with their right hand over the heart of the flag while Berry looked away and into the stands. Finally, she picked up a black T-shirt that said “Activist Athlete” on the front and draped it over her head.
But a USA Track and Field spokesman denied Berry’s claim it was a line-up.
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“The national anthem was supposed to be played today at 5:20 pm. We didn’t wait for the athletes to be on the podium for the Hammer Throw Awards. The national anthem is played daily according to a previously published schedule. ”
On Saturday the music started at 5:25 am.
Berry was previously sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee after raising her fist during the national anthem at the 2019 Pan-Am Games.
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to the coverage