Newspaper Makes Olympic-Size Headline Gaffe

California’s San Jose Mercury News has apologized for its racially insensitive headline after Simone Manuel won a gold in swimming.

From The Guardian:

Simone Manuel, a 20-year-old Stanford student, became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic swimming gold after she tied a thrilling women’s 100m freestyle final with Canada’s Penny Oleksiak. A few minutes earlier, Michael Phelps had just clinched his 22nd Olympic gold after surging to victory in the men’s 200m individual medley final.

A big night for US swimming, to be sure. But the headline the Mercury News chose to celebrate Manuel’s achievement? “Phelps shares historic night with African American.”

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