The very political interventions of American footballer Megan Rapinoe

The very political interventions of American footballer Megan Rapinoe

July 13, 2019 0 By admin

"It's our responsibility to make this world a better place," Megan Rapinoe said at the end of her speech on the steps of New York City Hall on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.
"It's our responsibility to make this world a better place," Megan Rapinoe said at the end of her speech on the steps of New York City Hall on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

She is always in the lead. Offensive midfielder Megan Rapinoe, co-captain and star of the American women's football team, won the fourth World Cup on Sunday (July 7th). But this year's Seattle No. 15 has also become a spokesperson for women's rights and the LGBT community and as a support for minorities. In other words, it annoys some in the deeply divided America of Donald Trump.

To the point that posters with his effigy, arranged by Nike, his sponsor, were vandalized in New York with homophobic slogans in the subway station of Bryant Park, in the heart of Manhattan. On Thursday, July 11, the New York Police (NYPD) announced that it was investigating these facts as "hate crime." It must be said that today, in the United States, there is no longer hiding to draw swastikas or to burn rainbow flags, symbol of the LGBT community. These hate crimes have increased by 64% this year, reported the New York Times, early June, NYPD statistics in support.

On Wednesday, New York honored Megan Rapinoe and her teammates. Among the tens of thousands who witnessed the team's Canyon of Heroes parade, between Manhattan Point and City Hall, was a "Rapinoe 2020" sign, as if to encourage player to run in the US presidential election, which will take place next year.

A unifying speech

Realizing that the impact of her team goes beyond her realizations on the field, Megan Rapinoe delivered a rallying, rousing and almost political speech on the steps of New York City Hall.

"We have pink and purple hair, we have tattoos, dreadlocks. We have white girls, black girls and everything in between. Straight girls, gay girls. It's an absolute honor to have been co-captain of this team on the field. I would not want to be anywhere else, not even in the race for the presidency. "

She continued:

"There has been so much controversy in recent years. I was the target, I was at the origin. […] But it's time to gather. […] We need to improve. We must love more, hate less. […] It is our responsibility to make this world better. "

It was a long way from CNN's rant on Tuesday when she said that neither she nor her teammates would likely accept an invitation to the White House after their coronation. " I will not go, she had said during this interview. And I think all the members of the team that I spoke to explicitly about that will not go. "

However, she explained that she was ready to talk about all the issues with the Congress members – women's rights, the LGBT community, support for minorities – and then, face-to-face, speaking directly to the President, she launched :

"Your message excludes people. You exclude me. You exclude people who are like me. You exclude people of color. You exclude … Americans who support you perhaps! […] When you say you have to restore America to greatness, you are referring to a time that was not great for everyone. "

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