Ryan Lochte es un desgraciado. Not so much for lying his ass off about being the victim of an assault and a robbery during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Of course lying is unacceptable pero it’s not about him just being a liar.
Ryan Lochte, un americano con raices cubanos, deliberately said his assailants were black. The gravity of that accusation is sobering. It is true. Athletes were robbed and attacked while training. That’s undisputed. What’s also undisputed is the silence among latinx concerning Ryan’s flat out lie. Rio’s conditions weren’t suitable for the Olympics but Ryan Lochte’s deception was flat out deadly. While the Brazilian government tried to save face over the “disgracing” of their country, the duality of the situation is black people were placed in imminent danger by the accusations.
Black Brazilians were targets while the 4 white Olympians mingled at a lavish Olympics party hosted by the French at the Sociedade Hípica, a club that is a bastion for white privilege in Brazil.
According to Amnesty International, 80% of Brazil’s citizens who are killed by police are young, black and poor. So the ramifications of his “embellishment” made an already volatile living situation worse. Wait. A privileged white man making life worse for black folks? Where have we heard that before? And in a twist of fate, my fellow latinos are eerily silent. This is Trump level fuckery and “Latinos Unidos” don’t have ANY commentary on this bastard?
Un cubano blanco que dijo, “Los negros lo hicieron!” and crickets? Oh, the hypocrisy. Where’s our outrage? This goes deeper than just some American white man’s shenanigans. WE “know” better. This is that awkward situation latinx want to remain quiet about but the elephant in the room won’t allow that to happen. Because racism.
“Yes. He’s one of us and he’s a racist.”
He, intentionally, made his assailant black because white men don’t rob white men. Solamente, morenos se llevan pistolas. Only black people live in poor areas and we are the only ones who could want what he had. Many latinx will try to call him a person of color. Ryan Lochte is not. He is white, latino and privileged. He is exactly like the racist tio and colorstruck abuela in latin families. Los damos passes.
Black latinx fight for the right to exist while living fantasies of unity con nuestros “hermanos blancos”. Frankly, it’s a facade which I refuse to entertain. Ryan Lochte is just as suspicious and evil as a guero from Kansas. He deserves much more scrutiny because he is supposed to know better.
I will continue to side eye latinx until the hypocrisy ends. No somos familia and you can’t be for “la raza” while being silent about this. We see you.