Lori Lindsey, a former pro soccer player, said on Saturday that states "uphold white supremacy" when they enact bills banning trans athletes from competing in women's sports.
Many US states are now either passing bills to do just that. In other states, the issue is hotly debated, with dedicated people on both sides of the issue. President Biden himself has weighed in with a bombshell executive order upon taking office.
According to the Daily Caller, Lana Zak, the host, asked Lindsey:
"Supporters insist that it is protecting women’s sports or girls’ sports and what do you see as the core motivation really behind these laws?" Lindsey responded:
"These bills do uphold white supremacy under the guise of protecting women’s sport when we actually know that women’s sport, protection of it, would be to have more funding and to have more women in leadership positions and equal pay.
"But the reality, though, is that these youth just want to participate with their friends and play sports like everyone else."
Lindsey made no mention of the competitive element in sports which is of first importance to most athletes who actually play them. She also didn't elaborate on what exactly was the connection, in her mind, with "white supremacy".
"I want to circle back to something you said earlier about these bills are trying to perpetuate supremacy. I imagine that there are parents at home who have genetically, or who have daughters who were assigned a female gender at birth, and that are concerned that their child is not going to get a fair shake in competing against other people, against a trans girl and they’re not thinking this is a supremacists position.
"How do you appeal to that parent that feels it is just about the sports to see that there’s actually a greater debate that is a proxy for?"
“It kind of goes back to what I was saying in general, that these youth just want to play sports, right?
"It’s not about coming in and taking over women’s sports but just about having access to the lessons that sports teach us. That should be upheld across this country because years ago we decided that discrimination is not right in this country, and that we need to continue to provide access, and that everyone should have equal opportunity."