On Tuesday, I posted a salute to Usain Bolt for showing respect to the American national anthem. It is honorable for a person to show respect during the playing of another nation’s anthem and should be noted.
I was, however, a bit hesitant to salute Mr. Bolt because in the few interviews I had seen he was boastful about his accomplishments on the track. After posting my salute to Mr. Bolt I saw a picture which showed him and three girls from the Swedish Olympic handball team flashing gang signs (see the photo at Lawrence Auster’s VFR ). Had I seen him doing this sort of thing beforehand, I likely would not have posted the salute. A man in his position should not publicly engage in this behavior. In private, a silly attempt to be amusing is one thing, but seemingly condoning and promoting gang culture publicly is something that no celebrity should do.
What the photo says about the girls from the Swedish handball team is what we already know to be true: the West has romanticized black-macho-gang culture to the point that a gang sign has the same meaning for some whites as the two-finger peace sign had for hippies in the 1960s. Both symbols show the world that the person is “cool” and fully in synch with the leftist zeitgeist.