Spectrum Analyzer wrote:
The topic of this thread is shameful, but for a different reason. Reading between the lines, I guess we're supposed to feel "racist" that we do not care about George Manangoi from Kenya. Age questions and doping culture are not even needed to answer the question.
The fact is most of us at LRC are White males from the US or other European background. It is TOTALLY NATURAL to feel an affinity towards those that LOOK LIKE US. It is not racist to do so. No one (hopefully) is trying to suggest that Jakob is better or more interesting specifically because "white is better than black."
El Keniano and Native Son rightfully are interested in the East Africans because that is where they are from (unless I have somehow totally misunderstood them). They are doing exactly what most on LRC are doing, only in the opposite direction.
You can experience this in practice if you've ever travelled somewhere where you stand out due to how you look or perhaps big language barriers. I guarantee if you see someone that looks like you or speaks your language, you will automatically gravitate to them even if in "normal life", you would not have given them a second glance.
This is a good post. El Keniano Forets thats Jakob has been incredible for many years, but Americans didnt care until he raced IN America.