Special Olympic Rules Being White A Disability
Updated: Jan 11
This past Monday, the Special Olympics Rules Committee officially ruled on one of the most controversial arguments since the organization was first formed in 1968. It sets a precedent like no other, and one that people are calling, “sort of racist,” but also, “hard to argue against.” What exactly does this new rule say? The new rule states that if a person is of caucasian decent than they can now be recognized as having a physical disability.
The argument originates from a 16-year-old boy by the name of Bryce Conner. Bryce has committed his entire life to the game of basketball. But no matter how much he practices or trains, the black kids constantly run him out of the gym. Bryce’s parents have made numerous attempts to convince him to play a sport that underprivileged minorities have historically had a harder time affording. Sports like hockey or lacrosse. But Bryce refused to let his dream of being a basketball player slip away.
In his statement to the rules committee, he reflected on one of the most embarrassing moments of his life. He was in 8th grade, playing for his all-white basketball team. They were 9-0 on the season. Their 10th game was against a nearly all-black inner-city team. Due to academic reasons, only 4 of the inner city players were allowed to play (The team required a 3.8 GPA). That day Bryce’s team lost 97-8 with one of the four inner-city kids fouling out in the 2nd quarter. That was the moment when Bryce knew: Being white is a disability.
Bryce decided to bring this issue in front of the Special Olympics Rule Committee that next month. He brought pages and pages of evidence citing legitimate studies done by Quora and Yahoo Answers, stating why black people are so much better than white people. How was a white kid supposed to defend an 8th grader with a 42 inch vertical? How many white ankles had to be broken before someone said something? How many white children had to be T-bagged as an African American teenager dunked over them? Enough was enough.
In the end, the committee ruled that whiteness was, indeed, a physical disability. There’s no need for another white kid to have to feel what white kids have felt for years…A sense of hopelessness. As for Bryce? He’s currently averaging 28 points, 10 assists, and 14 rebounds a game in the Special Olympics. When asked how he felt about the ruling, he said, “It’s good to finally see white people get a fair shot at things.” Amen to that, Bryce.