Well, this is sure to raise a few eyebrows. He might be singing another tune once the racial racketeers are done with him.
American track legend Michael Johnson says that descendants of West African slaves have a ‘superior athletic gene.’
Johnson, who became the first man to win gold in both the 200- and 400-meter sprints in a single Olympics, when he pulled off the feat at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, makes the controversial comments in a documentary that airs Thursday night on the UK’s Channel 4 – ‘Michael Johnson: Survival of the Fastest’.
“Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals,” Johnson said in an interview with The Daily Mail.
“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, now a track and field analyst for the BBC, has four career gold medals. He also won relay gold in 1992 in Barcelona and for defending his 400-meter crown in Sydney in 2000.
“All my life I believed I became an athlete through my own determination, but it’s impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn’t left an imprint through the generations.”
The 44-year-old Johnson took a DNA test for the documentary which proved he is of West African descent.
“Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me – I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us.”
The documentary points out that all eight 100-meter finalists from the Beijing Olympics in 2008 are believed to have been descended from slaves.