Gabrielle Douglas and HER hair
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.