Michael Johnson: Slaves' Descendants Make Better Athletes

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U.S. Olympic track legend Michael Johnson, who won gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and posted numerous world records, made an eye-opening comment recently.

In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, the sprinter posited that hard work and determination were mostly responsible for his world class athletic talent.

That and one other historical factor.

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Michael Johnson explained, "All my life ... I believed I became an athlete through my own effort and determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations."

"Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me ... I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us. Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals."

Johnson still holds the 400-meter world record. The all-time best 100- and 200-meter races were both run by Usain Bolt ... of Jamaica.

"It's a fact that hasn't been discussed openly before. It's a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn't we discuss it?" Johnson adds.

Doesn't explain Michael Phelps, but it's an interesting theory.

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If "u people" dont hear how Racist u sound! He stated a opinion....that had nothing to Wth being negitive, he felt this way andhe said it! No mean intent,maybe not politically correct, but as mean as u people are being. If u didnt have a NAACP then there wouldnt be as much oppruntunity for Arican Americans. Whites already have a Waacp, its the whole America! Blacks are more superior Athletically....that is a proven fact,butt.....not , this fact never because the reason why they win....its the hardwork! Not their Color! PS...im white!!!!!!

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I doubt many would enjoy changing their skin color & walking around as a black person for 30 days. This article's about genetic pre-disposition, NOT race. It just so happens the guy's black & his ancestors were slaves. %-wise men are better hunters than women b/c thousands of years ago that's what they did.. The AMA has articles about it! The fact is anyone can be an a**hole - it has nothing to do w/ race-just read the comments!

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The reason for the Jim Crow laws were because the whites then noticed that black males have a natural inclination to rape and kill.You can take the boy outta the ghetto (jungle) but you cannot take the ghetto out of the black.What color are the best QB'S ?? White.That is a SKILLS position that requires in addition to skill,and athleticism---BRAINS...Mr Johnson hates himself and probably has a small black penis...poor guy.

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If this guy thinks it is an advantage to be related too slaves, than why in the hell is there such a thing as "Affirmative Action"??? Just sayin.....I'm so sick of the slavery crutch, & that is all it is, but I guess if an entire race can can use an excuse to get what they want because they are weak, than so be it.

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@EyesLikeLightening and @Heather - you both are correct. Blacks get a pass for whatever they do. They kill each other and it doesn't make news. They can do whatever the f@ck they want. Yet, when Zimmerman kills a thug in self defense, with a Florida law behind him that backs his actions, he still gets his ass thrown in jail. This guy needs to be freed and given a million dollars retribution for how this event negatively affected his reputation and life. Race relations will never end because blacks will never give up being let to do whatever they want. White people need to start standing up to them and saying enough already - STFU!

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@Heather I agree with you. Sure is funny that black organizations and contests don't get trashed for not allowing whites and other races into their select groups. With amount of money pro athletes make nowadays, there's no need for slave retribution to be handed out to those of slave descent who rake in millions to play sports! PS Tequila, what makes you think Americans really care what you and your kind think about us? I for one don't. Can we see a raise of hands here, fellow Americans??

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@whoisit.....you find white people are most easily offened? Really? Where its ok to call me a cracker or a white bitch, but if i were to use the n word, I would be racist? My daughters school was aware she was being called a white bitch by some black classmates and they wouldnt do shit! The fact that slavery is even still made an arguement for how mistreated people are is a joke. Slavery was a terrible thing, no doubt. But it was how many years ago? The fact that there is NAACP, United Negro College fund, a Miss Black America etc, yeah that offends me, but no one care what offends white people. There is no Miss White America, or a White College fund. And why is that? Cuz its racist! Spare me how white people are offended, when they are no one gives a shit!

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i agree that this makes sense. blacks are stronger due to slavery. it also makes sense that, due to slavery, blacks are more dangerous, and are more likely to steal because they were kept from reading and learning. also, blacks are more likely to make babies and not care for them, because, as slaves, they black men were not raised to care for the children, just make them; their masters were the ones who acred for the black kids, just like today! so none of this logic should be viewed as racist. it is just fact based on slavery. thanks, Michael Johnson, for helping the world see why white people fear black people - it's all due to slavery, not racism!

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What he's saying actually makes sense. If you can take race out of it & look @ ethnicity, it,d be a lot less offensive to some, imo. Any race of people adapt to their surroundings, etc & as such have certain genetic dispositions. Skin color is a huge part of this-given where colors originated, it makes complete sense. I find white-colored people to be the most easily offended, whic is kind of strange, given that they basically rule (most) of the world.

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That's why the the world is the way it is everyone is scared of someone else being better than them, in anything, so everyone is out to degrade somone, black, white, it dont matter, if all that was left in the world was dogs than they would get the short end of the stick.