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6 thoughts on “2012 Olympics: Representing Black America – Part I

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  5. malcolmshabazz on said:

    Can NBC at least attempt to hide their racism? I never underestimate the power of the media to paint an image. Two things were foul about NBC’s coverage of that beautiful young sister’s historic gold medal performance. First was Bob Costa inferring that her accomplishment of being the first African American to win the All Around Gold Medal was just noteworthy because the actual barriers have been down for a while. His statement that an invisible barrier based on how one sees themself is preposterous in this situation. Gabby seemed to me like an extremely confident athlete who expected to compete for the win. When asked if she thought her performance was gold medal worthy she confidently stated it was, but, I ask what type of question is that? It infers that there was doubt that she really deserved the win. Early, I heard from NBC’s commentators that Gabby was talented enough to win but she may be too, wait for the key Black Athlete Buzz Word, “EMOTIONAL” to seize the moment and compete at her potential. What she accomplished was historic for any American but in the legacy of our greatest athletic explorers in predominately white sports (William Sisters, Arthur Ashe, Tiger Woods, Jim Brown for Lacrosse etc.) Shame on NBC for their attempt to tarnish this accomplishment and down play its significance. Second, the first commercial NBC showed after her interview was a *$)@ monkey with Olympic dreams of victory on the parallel rings (Animal Practice Commercial). Gabby ended her interview stressing the fact that hard work creates champions and these idiots at NBC start a commercial stressing the monkey’s hard work lead to this moment of victory. Either this is extremely poor taste or blatant negative imagery. Maybe I’m extra sensitive. If no producer at NBC saw a problem with this imagery we need some further action. Lastly, if I hear any black person talk about Gabby’s hair and not her performance I may have the propensity to smack the ish out of them. Look in the mirror and learn to love your amazing self and celebrate our outstanding achievements. In the wisdom of a 16yr old Olympic Champion, Gabby stated that she gave the glory to God who in turn blessed her……. Wow

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