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U.S. Fencing Champion Takes Knee on International Stage; Calls for Social Change


While representing the championship Team USA at he Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, American fencer Race Imboden took a knee during the National Anthem while on the championship podium, in a call for “social change.”

Imboden’s tweet has been retweeted by thousands of people, including Colin Kapernick:

The full statement read:

“We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.” ~ @Race_Imboden

But, not everyone was in support of Imboden’s actions:


Race Imboden (born April 17, 1993) is an American foil fencer and menswear fashion model. A three-time Pan American champion, he took part in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2016 Summer Olympics. (Wikipedia)


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