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Did Slavery Create a ‘Superior Athletic Gene’ for Black Olympians?

Gold Medalist Michael Johnson believes the brutal lives of his ancestors, "has benefited descendants like me."

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July 5, 2012 - 2:43 pm

via Olympic Champion Michael Johnson: ‘Slavery Has Benefited Descendants Like Me’ « CBS Chicago.

(CBS) Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes descendants of West African slaves have a “superior athletic gene” that gives black American and Caribbean sprinters an advantage.

“Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals,” Johnson told The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. “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?”

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