Not only did Gabby Douglas become the the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize, she became the first African-American to do so. We as black Americans – and one could argue people of African descent worldwide – should have been celebrating all over: from Twitter to Facebook, from the beauty parlors to the barber shops.
Unfortunately, we black folk seemed to be all too focused on what is the equivalent of a wet blanket: Gabby’s hair.
That’s right white America and the rest of the world. We black folks did not like the way Gabby’s hair looked while putting on a stellar athletic performance in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics competition – and took to Twitter and Facebook to let the rest of the world know.
You are probably asking yourselves (and some black people) the following: why do black folks care so much about how Gabby’s hair looked instead of her winning the gold medal? The answer is quite simple.
Black folks hate themselves – and each other.
Whether it’s the constant rise in black-on-black crime in this country, or as something as inconsequential as how someone’s hair looks. It’s the same reason we brothers parade ourselves in rap videos as wanna-be gangstas and thugs while objectifying our women as nothing but two-bit hoes. It’s the same reason why some brothers think it’s cool spread our seed all around leaving scores of father-less children behind. It’s also the same reason why some brothers – not all, but too many – think it’s cool to wear our pants halfway off our asses.
Blacks just flat out hate themselves. Now of course I am speaking in general terms – not all black people are that stupid. It’s just that too many of us are.
If you don’t believe me, take a nice stroll into the world of Twitter and see for yourselves. I cannot believe the number of black folks who clowned this young sista’s hair instead of being happy to see one of us becoming the first to accomplish something in Olympic history.
Here’s one instance where some tweets were displayed in a Yahoo! Sports column. It’s just sad, and that’s too bad.
In the meantime, I’m going to celebrate this young sista’s historic achievement the best way I know. Congratulations to you, Gabby Douglas. I hope this is the start of something big…