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It's SHA'CARRI

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station description Life and culture perspectives from two black women living in Seattle.
Black Me Up Podcast
Duration: 04:37
We discuss cannabis in the Olympics
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We discuss cannabis in the Olympics
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So she Kerry Richardson, we have some news about our girl are run a track star Shakeri, the black girl that was running running running running running running. So she was um her drug test came back positive for cannabis and so she was suspended and uh will no longer be performing in the Tokyo olympics on friday. A star american sprinter. Shakeri Richardson was banned from competing in her signature olympic event, the women's 100 m dash. Her infraction testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound in cannabis. Although Richardson's drug test was obtained in Oregon where olympic trials were held and where recreational cannabis use amongst adults is legal with the world anti doping agency rules dictated that she'd be suspended from competing for at least one month. Yeah, damn. So the news um of her mother's passing is what sparked her to spark a joint. Okay. Um you know, didn't mean to do that, but so once she found out that her mom passed away then she didn't know what to do. She panicked and you know she she sparked a joint and she says she's human and she doesn't want this to be something that defines her. Mm. Yeah I heard excuse me. Um I heard that she acknowledged that that was true. You know and and exactly what you said like she's she's going through something and this is what she's using to help her go through the struggle right now. And I think that's fair. I think it's fair to think it's so fair if that shit helped you run that fucking fast for it right? Because most people over here smoking weed can't even run to their fucking fridge right? Just stuck. Just stuck couch locked. Or have you ever been just stuck? You just staring at some place like shit like shit. I want to grab that water and take a sip but not right now. Receive like to the point you have to go pee but you can't, you can talk just stuck. I don't see I'm gonna get it. It's playing around with like the rules and laws and all that. I get I get it. But then there's like, it's unfair at the same time. It's unfair because we all know that these marijuana laws have like come from racial, racially motivated backgrounds. The term marijuana was used to racially discriminate against the Hispanics who man who propagated the props and started using it for medicinal purposes and uh indian americans and then the black community who then got their hands on it, realized that we could use it and that it wasn't stopping us. And then they decided to criminalize it and lock most of our families in jails, stop all processes and then come back years later while we're still locked up and make millions off of it. Exactly, exactly. So when I, when I saw this, that's the first thing that just popped in my head and I was like, oh fuck. And then of course the one black girl, well, I'm not trying to say the one black girl, but of course the black girl that runs fast and that does amazing. And who has a high chance of winning is suspended for 30 days basically stopping her from winning this olympic event. But you know, she, because that brought me back to Michael Phelps and I forget what Michael Phelps did, but he wasn't able to perform in that first olympics, but then he came back with all those medals on his chest. And that's exactly how I want to see Shakeri pull it up.
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