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Nzingha Prescod deserved better.

The Zoom call was meant to celebrate Prescod and her fencing teammates, who in 2018 became the first U.S. foil team to win a title at the world championships. For Prescod, it also was a chance to reflect on her career, having been forced to retire in January because of a degenerative hip condition.

Then the abuse started. Ugly, hateful, racist language directed at Prescod, the first African-American woman to win a medal at fencing’s world championships, and Brandon Dyett, who is USA Fencing’s sports performance manager and is also black.   

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