Let me access my memory bank to hearken back on an incident from a few years ago that caused so many black people to almost lose their collective minds. Don Imus, the celebrated broadcaster that was once named one of the ‘Twenty-five most influential persons in America’ by Time Magazine and is a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, had a slip of the tongue. That brain freeze that he had back in 2009 caused him to refer to the black female basketball players at Rutgers University as “nappy-headed hos”. The comment came a day after the women Scarlet Knights had competed in the NCAA basketball championship.
Here we are just a little over three years beyond that incident and a young 16-year-old black female amazed us all with grace and great body contortions while competing in the all-around portion of gymnastics at the 2012 Olympics. However, the talk amongst many black people; particularly females, is not about her wonderful performance. Instead, many of these self-loathing and miserable people are focused on her hair style. Yep; I did not stutter nor mince words, but black women blew up social media sites bitching and complaining about what her hair looked liked.
Just three years ago, the likes of the biggest media pimps (Al & Jesse J) were calling for the immediate firing of Imus for his slip of the tongue. Those two clowns, along with so many more civil rights organizations were acting like Don Imus had declared war on fried chicken. Sadly, no one is calling for the firing of the many women criticizing Gabby, because many of them probably do not have jobs to go to anyway.
Today; I am appalled, embarrassed and ashamed that these self-hating buffoons can look past the wonderful performance put on by Gabby Douglas that earned the ‘first ever’ Gold Medal for their race by instead choosing to focus on what this young lady’s hair looked. This was a young lady tumbling, rolling and soaring through the sky, but I guess the many black haters must have expected her to look like she just came from a fashion shoot with the “Basketball Wives’ or those hoodrats from one of the many shows that denigrate black women on VH1 or BET.
Gabby Douglas epitomized what grace and elegance is all about, but the best she could expect from her own sisters are comments about what her hair looked liked. I am glad to see the likes of Kellogg’s and the many other companies that will choose to offer her an endorsement deal saw enough to reward the young lady for her amazing accomplishment; regardless of how the heck her hair looked as she achieved something that has become a dream come true.
Congratulations little Gabby, as you are a true hero to most; especially the millions of aspiring gymnasts here in America. To all the haters; I would tell you to get a life, but that would be like asking a thirsty person to just drink the water that I am providing them to quench their thirst; instead they would rather tell me that they want a beer. What this situation goes to prove once again is how there is such a double standard with a twist of hypocrisy when it comes to how black folks treat their own, while losing their minds when another race does something that they deem to be offensive.