Gabrielle Douglas and HER hair

Courtesy of Julia Abagond

Good Hair? In 2012? Really? Consider this. If Gabrielle Douglas’ accomplishments had gone overlooked by mainstream media, the African-American community (and ACLU) would have been in a tizzy trying to figure out why her successes weren’t being recognized. So what would make certain members of a community take it upon themselves to create, and publicly display distasteful comments about an OLYMPIAN, who just happens to be African-American? Her accomplishments will make the history books; while the ridiculous comments published in cyberspace will live on, available for all to read–and shake their heads at. I can’t believe that when given a choice, some would choose to ridicule Gabrielle Douglas rather than to uplift her. America as a whole was so proud of her; but a few dozen members of her own community were somehow embarrassed by her appearance as she competed in the 2012 Olympics before billions. Sounds foolish doesn’t it? So what would make certain members of a community create, and publicly display tasteless comments about an OLYMPIAN, who just happens to be African-American? Was it their own insecurities? Lack of social networking experience maybe? Hateration? Well whatever the reason, it was a shame! And my people started the ish! Unbelievable. I’m pulling the race card on my own people. To those of you who were apart of the elementary-style negativity–perhaps you should get your priorities straight. Is that really all some of you saw? I saw us reach one more milestone that before 1 Aug 2012 had only been achieved by those of a different race; and through one accomplishment at a time, WE have proof that the sky is the limit when it comes to success. Hard work, dedication, determination, and perseverance make a great recipe for excellence. The ingredients you don’t need are a straightening comb, perm, or brush. Soapbox moment–How awful is that many of us still associate beauty with what’s apparent on the outside. I’m a natural sister, but have rocked a perm on/off over the years so have no bias one way or the other. Oh, and let me add that wearing natural hair doesn’t make you look like a slave (and that’s just one of the ignant reasons I’ve heard to justify perms). There’s no reason to criticize others if you know who you are and feel good about yourself. We can all benefit from reflection, and personal growth. And may that new growth take you to heights you never thought you would reach (pun intended)! To Gabrielle–you are one talented, and beautiful athlete. Ignore the haters. Baby people can’t lift you up when they continuously try to ‘get in where they don’t fit in,’ while lacking the courage to be themselves. ** The comments and views expressed by tweeting couch potatoes and facebookers do NOT represent the views of SisterChatter PERIOD.

Author: julu

You can call me JULU. I’m a single working mother of two. I’ve been referred to as “an old soul” and have a knack for reading people. I’m friendly by nature and cool with just as many women as men. I’m that person who always gets the quiet people to talk. When giving advice, expect my answers to contain a heap load of wisdom gained from my vast personal experiences, a considerable amount of women’s intuition, and a dash of humor. I will not excuse behavior for ANYONE. Wrong is wrong, and if you do wrong then ask my opinion, expect the hard truth about it. I’m a great communicator, and enjoy talking and sharing thoughts with others. I’m also an artist, so view life creatively. I believe there are many different ways to handle the many different situations we encounter in life. Expect some humor where appropriate. I’m a trip, and will clown you as I see fit. Where guys are concerned, they typically think of me in one of two ways. I’m either like a sister, or they tend to “forget I’m a girl” because I’m so frickin’ laid back and “don’t get all emotional” like women tend to. Life is what it is, so no need in me stressing over stuff I can’t control. Don’t get me wrong I have my moments. I just usually take the common sense approach to solving problems instead of letting my heart do the talking; and then if that doesn’t work, I ask Drake. ☺ I have an Associates Degree in Business, and an Honorary Degree in “Dealing with Life’s BS.”

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