U.S. medalist Raven Saunders does 'X' protest at Olympic ceremony to support oppressed

Raven Saunders raises her hands above her head in an 'X' formation to support the oppressed while accepting her silver medal.

8/2/2021 1:31:00 AM

Raven Saunders raises her hands above her head in an 'X' formation to support the oppressed while accepting her silver medal.

The silver medal-winning shot putter raised her hands above her head in an 'X' formation at the podium, likely violating rules against demonstrations at the games.

Raven Saunders of the United States raises her arms in an X on the podium at the Tokyo Games on Aug. 1, 2021.Hannah McKay / ReutersAug. 1, 2021, 9:02 PM UTCByDoha MadaniTeam USA’s Raven Saunders used her second-place win in Tokyo to speak up for the “oppressed,” she said, likely violating Olympics rules on political protest during the games.

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Saunders, 25, raised her hands in an"X" formation above her head on Sunday during a photo op at the podium following the medal ceremony where she accepted the silver for the women’s shot put event. When asked what the symbol meant, she told the Associated Press, “it’s the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”

"Shout out to all my Black people. Shout out to all my LGBTQ community. Shout out to all my people dealing with mental health," Saunders said.She later spoke to reporters about how meaningful the win was for her, having struggled with financial hardship and depression. Saunders, a native of South Carolina and who is openly gay, said her win was about so much more than herself. headtopics.com

“I feel amazing, because I know I'm going to inspire so many people,” Saunders said. “About to inspire so many young girls, so many young boys, so many LGBTQ people, people who have battled suicide. So many people would have almost given up...it's not, it's not just about me.”

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Maybe she should storm the Capitol, that’s real protest! Damn, I thought that was a dude. So dumb. Not oppressed I didnt read the article, what did this guy win? She is the sweetest! 🥺🥺🥺 This reply section is full of dumba55 🤡🖕 Because a Chinese won the gold? Not Hispanics. They are very successful. Businesses opening everyday Successful Family People

why are white people so easily triggered especially by this? lol Every day I’m constantly reminded why I haven’t watched any professional sports and now any amateur sports. Wow ….this thread is full of aholes 🤦‍♀️ No one cares

Olympian Raven Saunders turns heads in eye-catching face maskThe shot putter was inspired by the Joker and even dyed her hair half green and half purple to complete her look. 👏👏👏👏👍 That with the shades and hair is pretty cool haha Do your thing Raven!! Olympics We're cheering for you on James Island! Always proud of you! 🇺🇲 USA 🇺🇲 USA 🇺🇲 USA 🇺🇲

Black Friday shopper needs to SIT DOWN! If you look at her body shape, she wasn't underprivilaged. Well let's face it, most olympians are forgotten quickly after the Olympics are over aside from a select few, so this is one sure way to keep the 15 minutes of fame going. Joggers are only oppressed by their sub 70 i.q.'s

Unproductive. She, as a gay black woman, is representing America & is therefore the exact antithesis of the oppression she is protesting.🙄 And talk about complete disrespect to the organizers and her competitors. I hope they throw the book at her. Lost medal & ban from next Olympics. The medal isn't what's important in her life.

Like landlords who have been oppressed. Are you sure she isn't yawning?

NBC Cuts Short Raven Saunders' Twerking Celebration, Viewers SayThe American won silver in the shot put and won over fans with her strength and style. 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽well done 🇺🇸 Her name is Raven Saunders not “The American”

This is why no one is watching Maybe she's just a huge fan of the X-Men? who is he? any one know? Have y’all noticed it’s all people from America talking about oppression? Shits a fucking joke and a slap in the face to those actually oppressed. BramSlam So oppressed isnt she Wow so disrespectful and racist

✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿✊✊🏻✊🏼🎆BlackLivesMatter JamesBaldwinWasRight Does she realize that does nothing? Another reason why I’ll never be interested in sports ever again. Not sports anymore - just stupid politics. Sad.

NBC Cuts Short Raven Saunders' Twerking Celebration, Viewers SayThe American won silver in the shot put and won over fans with her strength and style. nice A gross injustice! 😐 'strength and style' - You're supposed to show strength to finish at the podium, and she looks hideous.

Ban USA from any Olympic Games. That’s US problem, mess up every match. So what country she from that the people are oppressed Wait....USA The most spoiled nation in the world! 🤐😂🤣😂🤣😂😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 Who is oppressed? She isn't the Hispanics. They are starting successful businesses all in my city. They are Family People who are succeeding. Why do you think they are coming to this Country. Sounds like a personal problem.

Oh yes, she is so oppressed she is standing on an Olympic podium, with two unlikely colors of hair at the same time, receiving the applause of the world. I'd like to be so oppressed. Why compete for a country you don't like?

U.S. Olympic Shot Putter’s Supervillain Face Mask Is No JokeRaven Saunders is wearing one attention-grabbing garment in Tokyo. Ah, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! Why so serious? A shirt with an American flag?

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