August 3, 2012, - 2:05 pm

US Olympic Gold Medal Champ Gabby Douglas Victim of Racism From . . . Fellow US Blacks

By Debbie Schlussel

While U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas should be celebrating and celebrated for her win as the best female gymnast at this year’s London Olympic Games, she must instead endure racism from America’s most racist segment: her fellow Black women (and some Black men, too). Douglas is beautiful, poised, and in interviews I’ve seen her give, she is well-spoken and classy well beyond her young 16 years (because she’s worked hard and sacrificed the way others her age in America haven’t). And, yet, she’s come under attack from Black women for her hair. If a White person dared say some of the horribly mean things Black women said about Douglas on Twitter (follow me on Twitter), they’d be called out for racism. At least one Black Twitterer called Douglas, “a beast,” because of her hair. (Some of the tweets are below.) But, as we all know, there is a great deal of self-hatred and racism within the Black community that is stronger than anything the Klan could ever posit. Remember when these same women were among a mob of Black Americans and White uber-liberals (and faux-conservative/professional victim, Michelle “I Am a Woman of Color” Malkin) demanding Don Imus’ ouster from CBS Radio for referring to the alleged “nappy headed” nature of a Black female college basketball player? True, he also threw in the word, “ho,” but do you think the result would have been any different, had he just stuck with the hair criticism? Why are these self-hating Black women on Twitter getting away with this? Because minorities can be racist and self-hating and get away with it, unlike the rest of America. There’s a double standard on everything. It’s gotten so bad that even Black websites, like Essence, The Root, and The Grio, have had to admonish fellow Blacks and tell them to shut the heck up about Douglas’ hair.


U.S. Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medalists Mary Lou Retton & Gabby Douglas

One tweet I saw from Douglas’ fellow Black Americans on Twitter referred to her as “ratch,” a racist term used by Blacks to describe fellow female Blacks who are “too ghetto” and resemble drunken fat whores.

The Urban Dictionary defines “ratch” (short for “ratchet”) as:

A madam of the nasty ghetto species, dressed in an ensemble of cheetah print leggings and a leotard, not to mention the thong 4 sizes too small beneath these items. On top of her head is generally perched a purple weave, often resembling shredded plastic. A lady of this sort may be caught sipping a beverage called Baby Drank, or 4loko mixed with rufie [DS: sic].

And the definition goes on and gets worse.

Frankly, I’m not quite sure what the problem with Douglas’ hair is. It looks fine to me, but maybe it’s another one of those fictional “it’s a Black thing–you wouldn’t understand” moments. When she performed and, later, when she accepted her medals on the stand, her hair was pulled back and up with polish and dignity, just as it was with her fellow White and Asian gymnasts on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team. Is there something wrong with a Black woman with her hair pulled back while she’s on the balance beams and the floor mat? Maybe I missed something. What I won’t miss are all the endorsement and advertising deals she’ll soon get because of her achievements, and she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, whatever her hair style is.


It’s pretty obvious that there’s an element of jealousy by all of these Black women attacking Douglas. Gymnastics is considered a “White” sport in America. Douglas is the first Black American woman to win the prized Olympic Gold Medal as the best overall female gymnast, and she’s one of only two Black women ever to make the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. Her mother sent her away to predominantly White Iowa to train for years on end. And I think the Black women criticizing her resent this. They won’t openly admit it, but they think this makes her too White–her hard work, her polish, and other characteristics that are sadly viewed as “unhip” in Black American culture today. Ditto for the fact that she speaks English without a Black or Ebonics accent. We’ve seen this before. All of this clearly bothers a certain portion of Black America. It has to. Because her hair isn’t the problem here and shouldn’t be. It’s not like she’s walking around with an Afro, and so what if she were? Black women have a certain texture of hair and there’s no reason they cannot display it the way they want, including pulled back with bobby pins and clips in a pony tail or a loose bun, as with Douglas’ coiffure. You don’t see White people attacking Douglas’ hair. Just Blacks. And maybe there’s also an element of refusal to give up the mantle of victimhood, instead of embracing the “we are the champions” mentality and pride that is appropriate here. Giving up the perks of victimhood is expensive. Leaving the plantation is tough. Does Douglas’ success and embrace by White America make her “not Black enough”?

Frankly, Black women should be applauding Douglas for not spending a zillion years as many Black women do, using scar-inducing hot combs and chemical relaxer to constantly smooth her hair. If you’ve seen “Good Hair,” the Chris Rock documentary on this (read my review), or lived amidst Black America (as I do), you know what I mean. It’s a form of slavery to their hair they voluntarily put upon themselves to look more like the White women that they hate. And now they attack Gabby Douglas because, instead of having paid thousands of dollars and spent many hours of time on expensive hair extensions, weaves, and straightening techniques, she spent that money on gymnastics coaches and that time in the gym and on the balance beam.

Many estimates say that up to a third of Twitter users are Black. And that’s probably true, since Black topics and hashtags frequently ascend Twitter’s trending topics. How sad that a good portion of that third is filled with Black racism against a talented Black American woman of whom we should all be proud, regardless of race.

The next time Black America throws around the racism word, remind them what they said about Gabby Douglas’ coif, while we were proud of her.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Print Friendly



Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

112 Responses

Those comments were idiotic. What does her hair have to do with with gymnastics? Completely irrelevant and disgusting.

MsPurpleStuff on August 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I thought she looked absolutely adorable – she looked her age (16), and she has a body with some definition and muscle – NOT a starved waif. I wish her all the best, and like the fact that her hair is HER HAIR – not faux-white hair.

    LindaF on August 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Dear Ms. F.: You took the words right off my keyboard.

      Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2012 at 4:18 am

    So wrong on do many levels…

    TNA. TYPICAL NEGRO ACTIVITY

    As goes... on August 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      It is BULLYING. TNA

      As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:12 am

Absolutely spot on, Debbie. Gabby Douglas should be a hero in not just the black community but in any American community. Poised, polished, as you pointed out, and delivers a solid interview many at 26 could not accomplish, let alone 16. She should be the face on the Wheatiesbox along side Missy Franklin. Douglas’ black detractors should be ashamed of themselves for their bitterness, unnecessary criticism and self-hating racism.

Sanford Horn on August 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Why am I not surprised they are attacking this fine and accomplished young lady who has made her country proud by winning a gold medal in one of the most difficult and strenuous sports out there…gymnastics? So I guess because she’s not on welfare, not a crack addict, and not popping out kids every 9 months from various baby daddies, that must make her an Aunt Jemimah? And who is supposedly oppressing black people if not themselves? As we say in my part of town…”N—– PULEEEEEZ!”

Habib Akbarovich on August 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I guess if you are a black gymnast, you need to look like Angela Davis to be authentic. Just don’t get your ‘Fro in the way while performing your uneven-bars routine…

(Or the corn-row/dreadlock thing–like all those NFL football players with the mop of braids hanging out the back of their helmets. It has to HURT LIKE HELL when they are in the middle of a post-play dogpile and someone steps on their hair. I mean, come on, people!)

Suzette on August 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

There is nothing the matter with her hair. At my age, I’m just happy to have hair.

Tanstaafl jw on August 3, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Gabby Douglas I’m proud of you! Your hard work and determation has paid off. Keep up the good work and always look to God for strength.

    ms_complete on August 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Gabby Douglas I’m proud of you! Your hard work and determation has paid off. Keep up the good work and always look to God for strength.

      ms_complete on August 3, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Reply

      And don’t let anyone nag you into adapting some freaky hair style.

      Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

        CORRECTION: Don’t let anybody nag you into adopting some freaky hair style.

        Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

Debbie, I wonder how much of the negatives towards Ms. Douglas has some root in the fact that she is from a military family (her dad is, if memory serves, a SgtMajor in the Army). That young lady got some good parenting and that is probably the source of her poise and classy demeanor.

BTW, in gymnastics I don’t think you’re scored on your hairdo :))

William Bowen on August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Timothy Douglas is an Air National Guard Staff Sgt.Not a CSM. ;-)

    Kalena on August 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

I don’t get it. What is wrong with her hair? She is a good looking girl, black or white. Maybe these people would rather her hair fall over her face while doing the balance beam? Only ghetto trash would have a problem with her.

The second place winner is a nice Jewish girl who performed to the tune of “Hava Nagilah.”

Two winners up on that beam!

Jonathan E. Grant on August 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

While I agree with the premise of your article, please learn the definition of racism and try not to be so cavalier about using it.

JW on August 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    What is the definition of racism JW? Tell us. Gabby Douglas is being blasted by her fellow Blacks for a racial characteristic, namely the texture of her hair. It is akin a White person saying about a Black person that they are too dark, which would be plainly unacceptable. Also, Debbie is entirely consistent in her usage. She has referred to self-loathing Jews who disparage fellow Jews, and are sympathetic towards their enemies, such as the late Robert Novak.

    So JW, what is your definition of racism?

    Worry01 on August 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Hey, worry01,

      JW Was taking a shot. Clever. No one can see thru it…

      As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

Seems they get mad when they see black achievement and someone getting off the welfare plantation. They spend billions of food stamp dollars getting their hair done and gossiping/insulting about those who are independent and successful. Of course they are using those free government ghetto phones to post their jealousy.

ender on August 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

i have always known that negroes are more racist than whites and they show it every day however no one will report it.no balls i guess or just plain commies!

BRUCE on August 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Bruce it’s African-American or Black. Seriously “NEGROES” your racism is showing. Now about Gabby Douglas, she is everything the haters will never be “A PHENOMENAL BLACK WOMAN”.

    Diana Alexander on August 4, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Diana,

      We can use any term we like. She said negro. Above I said NEGRO. Truth is… I CLEANED IT UP FOR YOU.

      As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:19 am

This reeks of alarmist bullshit and concealed bigotry.

You really have nothing better to do than write an article about this? You need to go and get a vibrator cause you’re obviously too fucking bored and getting dumber by the second. You better hope no actual black people read this cause you’ll get your ass kicked.

Yawn on August 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Where is the pride in your race?

    Black America wanted the right to prove it could compete with the best on a level playing field – and it can.

    She should be a role model for fellow blacks – not disparaged and subjected to insulting treatment. No one deserves it.

    And she’s a dignified and well-brought up young woman. Don’t hold her hard work against her!

    If you don’t like it, keep it to to yourself! Douglas has earned the right to be on that podium and to her day in the sun.

    NormanF on August 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Yawn,

    I see the mosque has you throwing curve balls today

    How much do they pay you, muz?

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:21 am

Hey Yawn, I’m a black person and guess what, I’m a fan and supporter of Ms. Schlussel, and there are other black readers/fans of her as well (ie, Squirrel 3D, Gerald, Ken B, D O’Nay, etc.) who reads and comments on this blog of hers. And is that a threat that you made to Debbie? Making threats towards anyone can get you locked up behind bars dumbass.

Now to the article, I applaud this young lady, and when I first saw her photos on the net with the olympic games, I said to myself, “man, this girl is pretty and awesome looking, but I think she’s a little too young and underage”. I find it disgusting and sad that some folks of my race/ethnicity are doing this childish and BS attacks on Gabby Douglas, this kid as DS articulated in this piece, worked and trained hard for the summer games this year and is busting her ass to win medals for this country, so these some of these stupid black women (Yawn and your left wing ilk, call me a racists for that, go for it, as I said, I am a man of color and of the same race as Gabby Douglas).

And her english is terrific, she sounds well educated, as a matter of fact, she speaks a little better than me (I stutter and talk very quick at times), but guess what, I’m not attacking her for it, I admire her for it!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I hate your racist guts, Debbie, but for once you’re spot-on on something so I will applaud you.

Fleetwood on August 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Yawn.

    Worry01 on August 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Fleet wood,

    Coming from you? IT MEANS NOTHING.

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

Both Jews and Blacks share a certain self-loathing.

I guess when you endure centuries of bigotry and racism, you come to subconsciously assimilate the dominant culture’s hatred of you and you begin to think there’s something wrong with you – not with them.

Americans are proud of Gabby Douglas’ accomplishments and this is the way it should be! And the fact some black Americans resent her success says a lot more about them than it does about her.

As for her personal appearance, that should be HER choice – no one else’s. King admonished us to judge people by their character and not by how they look. Sad to say, many in black America have not taken his injunction to heart.

As for Douglas, we salute her for talents and her well-deserved win. No amount of mean-spirited criticism can ever take it away from her. This is truly what is best about America!

NormanF on August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Haters gonna hate.

Obviously the haters have never competed in any kind of athletic event. Duh, there’s a reason that women with long hair tie it back. It’s too see what they are doing.

Road Warrior on August 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I have to agree with this article, that all of this Twitter attention on Gabby’s hair, rather than her accomplishments, demonstrates how envy transforms into a form of hatred, and, in this case, racism. No question that if any caucasians said such things, they would be branded as racists.

Furthermore, Debbie seems to be the only one even addressing the subject. And again, if caucasians were making such statements as those Twittering about Gabby’s hair, scores of articles would be posted covering the racist comments. Such is the perversity of political correctness today. On the other hand, some have been quick to attack NBC for being racist or showing poor judgment by running a commercial of a monkey as a gymnast, right after a segment with Bob Costas discussing Gabby’s accomplishments. (Personally, if people were to compare my gymnastic abilities to that of a monkey, I would be honored and flattered, as monkeys are perhaps the greatest natural gymnasts on the planet–and they make it look so easy.)

And while we’re on Bob Costas, let’s give the man a hand. Not only for being one of the best sportscasters in the business and a superb interviewer, but for making his own moment of silence on NBC to honor the Israeli athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1972. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/olympics-bob-costas-ioc-munich-masacre-355511

Ralph Adamo on August 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

well, I agree with the premise — jealous people and bullies try to make others look smaller so that they themselves look bigger. But I want to point out the obvious — most of these beautiful girls have hair that looks unflattering when they are competing. It is to keep their hair out of their eyes and too look polished, to keep the attention on what they are doing. When you see the girls posing for promo pics, their hair is done up in a daytime style. Giant duh to stupid people. Good thing they’ve never seen ballet.

growerJenn on August 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm

” and she’s one of only two Black women ever to make the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team”

There’s been three: Douglas, Dominique Dawes and Betty Okino, who was on the 1992 team.

I don’t know about this entry so much. It was less jealous hatred than people making mean, insensitive jokes, politically incorrect stuff. And I don’t see the real difference between the many white female critics of Hillary Clinton’s hair after Bill Clinton first got elected (which Clinton quickly changed in response), and many of these weren’t just regular folks on Twitter, but influential people like journalists and college professors.

Had Twitter been around when Venus and Serena Williams came on the scene in the late 90s – back when they were still Compton fabulous with the braids and fashions before they became more corporate and mainstream to fit the image that their endorsers wanted – the comments would have been similar. (Especially when during a match one of them – I think Venus – had her braids break, she tripped on one of them and lost her composure and the match as a result.) And if you are going to make the case that black women haven’t consistently supported Venus and Serena Williams throughout their careers, that is a difficult one to make.

The jealousy angle … any evidence that black women are jealous of Michelle Obama? You know, Ivy league law degree, very wealthy and powerful first lady? Nope. But Michelle Obama wears her hair straight, like the vast majority of black women.

It is easy to call it silly today, but back when afros, naturals, braids etc. were associated with the Afrocentric/black power movement, the white mainstream reacted very negatively to it. As a matter of fact, black women only began to abandon chemicals in large numbers as a result of the afrocentric rap music scene in the early 90s. The reality is that before then – and for a good while thereafter – if a black woman wanted a professional or office job (not just a lawyer or middle manager but even a receptionist or bank teller) she could not have worn her hair like Miss Douglas. I still remember when black female airline attendants and ticket clerks had to file lawsuits for the right to wear braids. So, there was a bit more to it than wanting to look like the people that you (allegedly) hate. Successful, educated, professional or gainfully employed black women had straight hair (whether chemically enhanced or by virtue of being biracial) and black women in the underclass did not. It was a social, cultural and economic reality, reinforced by Hollywood, and also by black media like the Essence Magazine that you mentioned (as well as Ebony and Jet). Going back to Michelle Obama, she would attend Jeremiah Wright’s church, sure, but she won’t wear braids or an Afro because that meant not getting a desirable job in Chicago from the 1980s, no matter the Ivy League degrees or affirmative action programs. The 80s might have been the Cosby decade, but all 7 female Huxtables (the wife, the 5 daughters, the granddaughter) wore straight hair. The only recurring character who didn’t: when the show (in its later, jump the shark years) added a character who was “from the ‘hood” and a low educational achiever (upperclass black family takes in low income relative in order to give the relative a shot at a better life, which became the entire plot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”).

I am not going to say “it is a black thing, you wouldn’t understand” but there are decades of economic, social and cultural factors being overlooked here. The association with hair and economic and social class isn’t something that those anti-PC Twitter folk invented, but has been around for a very long time. And oh yes. It isn’t limited to the black community. Going back to the Clintons … remember all the media cracks against Paula Jones’ hair, and the mobile home references as a result? And like Hillary Clinton, Paula Jones did get a makeover as a result. Self-hate? Nope. Class and culture associations due to appearance are facts of life. After all, how different is it from the “hoodie” thing with Trayvon Martin?

Gerald on August 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Gerald, you wrote a whole lot of stuff but I have no idea what your bottom line was. Just come out and say it.

    Hillary Clinton: Her hair with the headband and straight was out of style at the time. Not as bad as her 70’s look but it was not smart or stylish. She looked way better once it was coiffed and in style.

    I’m a tennis fan and have no clue what you mean re: the William’s sisters. Never been a fan of those two because of their initial crappy attitude BUT since then I at least not only admire their play but also their outside Tennis interests. I do enjoy that they like fashion but Serena (the stunning one, at least to me) has the WORST fashion sense ever and her sister, not as stunning seems to have a more classy taste in fashion (except the nasty top she wore in the early or mid 2000’s that opened up (much to her horror) and that french can-can outfit a few years back).

    I agree with you regarding the straightening that came after the 70’s but the 80’s were NOT so natural and the black girls had to straighten their hair to stay “in style” and I will point out that unfortunately, many of the hairstyles did not suit black hair at all. Once straightened, the hair didn’t hold the style well or even look good. Unfortunate but true!

    Skunky on August 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Skunks,

      I just figure Gerald is a soc major. I fell asleep in the second paragraph. Just terrible!

      As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Hi Gerald,

    What an excellent comment of explaining the whole picture. So this meant black women had to wear their hair to conform to white expectations in order to get a job. This must have put a lot of pressure on black women at the time and maybe some forget that times have moved on and black women have more choices now.

    Cristalexi on August 5, 2012 at 11:57 am

Comcast made the move on Costas,for the Israeili
Lobby.
Let’s see them use their juice to get Pollard freed.

Commander Zsvartz on August 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I would not understand the backlash against this fine Olympian IF my sister didn’t have hair that would be considered black. Not all of us got it my my sister did and it’s not easy for her to straighten it and course hair has a different texture ONCE straightened (or not). It’s almost a separate job getting that hair to behave.

Again, the idiots who SHOULD understand this girl’s hair “issues” are nasty about it. As some have alluded to, I reckon this is due to issues and prejudices they have in their ethnic group. It shows they have a lot of work to do and have almost NOTHING to be proud of.

Thank goodness DS has the balls to point it out. She is spot on and all the haters could use a gigabyte of this Olympian’s desire, drive, guts and character. They don’t have it but have big, rotten uncouth mouths!

And the Kardashian culture continues to rot on the vine…

Skunky on August 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Skunky

    I see nothing wrong w her hair. But, I see how pretty she is and her beautiful smile…. Brings out catty in girls for sure!

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:31 am

      I don’t either As Goes… Some people (like myself) have curly hair (non-afro) that does not look as sleek and shiny as those blessed with straight, thick hair. That’s why when they do shampoo commercials (and how-to style guides) they use thick, straight, shiny hair.

      DS had it proper. These idiots are trying to make her feel less than because she is a successful over achiever.

      Skunky on August 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Skunky, I also get the hair thing but I also agree with you that the comments are totally uncalled for. Why can’t a sista support a sista for once?

    Italkit on August 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Amazingly stupid… how lame does somebody have to be to watch this and give the slightest concern to hair…? Did these people watch Kerri Strug in 1996 and immediately think “that short hair is sure butt ugly,” too? I suppose not, since the real “offense” here is a young Christian black woman who has achieved success for which she credits the Lord and her own hard work, rather than St. Barack and the need for constant government handouts. If anything it’s just another offshoot of “you didn’t build that.” Whenever the left sees somebody work hard to build something positive for themselves and others, their first instinct is to tear it down by whatever low despicable and pointless means possible.

Brian R. on August 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I’d just like to know what is supposedly bad about her hair?

It looks fine to me.

Let all the losers talk while this doll is making millions. She’s gorgeous, smart, and talented. Now, she will be worldwide famous and those Twitter losers will continue to be nobodies.

Jeff_W on August 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I believe that this attack on Gabby Douglas hairstyle is much ado for nothing. They (leftists, dead beats, racists) need something to attack her with. I could ever understand why when someone in a minority group has success stories, they are immediately accused of being “traitors” to their race. What would they prefer she have her hair?

Mario on August 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I believe that this attack on Gabby Douglas hairstyle is much ado for nothing. They (leftists, dead beats, racists) need something to attack her with. I could ever understand why when someone in a minority group has success stories, they are immediately accused of being “traitors” to their race. What hair style they prefer her to have.

Mario on August 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm

That was worse than anything the Klan could dream up? Women always criticize each other’s hair and clothes. You seemed to make a racial mountain out of a jealous female molehill. And you sound like a liberal when you make everything about race for paragraph after paragraph. Ignore race and it becomes unimportant.

David on August 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

    David, were all those Tweets from women? Get a brain David.

    Worry01 on August 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

    David,

    You’re SEXIST

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:41 am

    i do agree with david. while there is a lot of self-loathing within the black women community particularly concerning hair i feel like the article’s jump to racism is rather large, I will admit that it is great disappointment to see the hatred and petty criticism that was enacted over the web , i will not say it is racism. I personally feel people use the word “racism” to freely without calculating the multiple dimensions of this concept. If this counts as racism then this means that any girl insulting another from the same ethnic can be seen as a racist. Wouldn’t that make us all racist then ? I This article does bring up a good point and does display some the key issues within the black community. All I ask is be wary of how you use the concept of racism we cannot allow its true meaning to be desecrated

    shani on August 6, 2012 at 1:13 am

This is simply an attempt to bring her back onto the self imposed plantation…she is acting white in their eyes and therefore needs to stop being successful by working hard and trying to make something of herself. These people who make these comments are forced to look at themselves and in reality don’t like what they see because they realize their attitudes have kept them enslaved when in fact they have been free…but not in their minds.

Gene on August 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

Why are we instigating and perpetuating very negative, ignorant behaviors of other people?

Does this make us any better?

Greg C. on August 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Greg,

    Does it hurt to be stupid?

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Greg you stupid post is Liberalism in it’s quintessential stupidity.

    You act as if “making us better” is the ONLY option. Only in your mide.

    Oh Greg, your sad pandering is showing..

    Skunky on August 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I’m not particularly interested in the Olympics.

This woman won a sports event representing America. That’s a good thing.

There will always be Blacks who kvetch that this one or that one “isn’t black enough”. I’ve heard that thrown at President O’Bama.

It doesn’t encourage me to have sympathy for them. They’re real achievements and failures will stand on their own merit.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 4, 2012 at 12:50 am

For the record, Gabby technically isn’t even the only black contestant on this team. Kyla Ross is ¼ African American on her father’s side. I would say Ross’ extreme multi-ethnicity makes her the Tai Babilonia of gymnastics.

I find it interesting that there didn’t appear to be any pixie cuts on any of the female gymnasts this year, including the Russians, the Romanians and the Chinese (unlike back in the days of Mary Lou Retton, Svetlana Khorkina, Amanda Borden and Kerry Strug). The whole competition looked a bit like a “Battle of the Buns.”

Irving on August 4, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Irv,

    You can’t get off the hair? Oy!

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Irv,

    YOU CAN’T GET OFF THE HAIR? Spare me…

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

It’s just females being females. I think you are overreaching here. Gymnasts like Nastia Liukin, who wore her hair in a wild mess of a ponytail this year at trials and nationals, also got the same type of comments regarding her hair (i.e. Why doesn’t she tame her hair, wear a different ponytail its all over the place etc.) dooubt it had any kind of racial motivation.

col on August 4, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Col,

    GADS ANOTHER. S E X I S T …

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

Seems to me that the author of this article is using the criticism of Gabby’s hair from other WOMEN of her culture as an excuse to spew her own racist leanings. Who is this Schlussel person (sounds of Germanic heritage, and we all know their history of race relations, regardless of color). What is a style and cultural criticism is taken way out of context by this Schlussel person. So what,you “live” close to black people. What does that mean? Your damnation of our women who are giving their own personal opinions of what they see as important is an excuse for you to exercise your genetic inclinations toward darker skinned people. I wonder if your grandparents helped Hitler do his dirt. These responses that the author exhibits as proof of her flawed assertion is a result of generations of media caricature that continues unabated even during the Olympics thanks to western corporate media control. The same demonic forces that pay this Teutonic hussy her checks for writing this crap controls the camera angles and commentator statements that our people are used to hearing daily without cessation. The hate that you so poorly tried to veil is evident to us who “watch” on the behalf of YAWEH’s children.

ben on August 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Ben, if you want cartoony and woefully uninformed, re-read your very dumb posts. It’s funny because you don’t know it but how little you know about this site shows like a billion suns. DS’ grandparents were actually exterminated by Hitler. FAIL. (“Price is Right” loser horn just for YOU!)

    And you showed what a dumb, uninformed raaaaaaaacist YOU ARE. You wear it well, dopey.

    Do some research before you open your intellectually dishonest mouth. You have zero credibility if you make excuses because all y’all have the same skin colour.

    A good place for you to start being honest is to tackle and take on the 71% out-of-wedlock birth-rate black women have. Then you can tackle the issue of almost 100% of blacks in America voting Democrat.

    Skunky on August 4, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Spunky,

      I took Ben for yet ANOTHER SOC MAJOR!

      As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Ben, what the hell are you talking about? Did you not read the ENTIRE article about Gabby Douglas’ fellow black folks criticizing, ridiculing and scruntizing the poor girls hairstyle, NOT DS, actually stupid, Debbie is DEFENDING Gabby Douglas on this piece, she’s not attacking girl.

    Ben, I’m sorry man, but your the exact definition of the term “butt-hurt” dumbass! You’re a butt-hurt stupid, and did you not read ALL of the tweets from some of the black people who were bashing Gabby Douglas’ hairstyle, by saying she’s not a real black person or trying to be white, etc. You didn’t read the article you imbecile, if you’ve read the article you would’ve known and read all of the tweets by some of those idiotic folks who trashed and bashed this kid’s hairstyle out of complete envy.

    And third, way to libel and slander Ms. Schlussel, you’re lucky she may not file a defamation suit against you stupid, for saying that her grandparents enabled Hitler and his nazi party. Whereas it was the other way around Ben, Hitler and his nazi party exterminated and persecuted Ms. Schlussel’s ancestors in Poland and Germany during the holocaust and her ancestors weren’t just victims of the holocaust, but they were survivors as well. As Skunky said to you, you FAILED miserably for not knowing squat about the woman and her history!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on August 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Being “Black” is more of a mental condition, characterized by self hatred, ignorance, drug and controlled substance abuse, and overall “black” thinking.

Just think, when the mind is dis-ease-d by a “dark thought” no knowledge (light) can enter in. See Deuteronomy, 28th verse to get a real “over-standing” of why we hate each other. Do not let this doomed beast posing as a women tell you how to thing. After all, they were used to send us to our current state of “darkness”. Never fear people of YAHWEH, the curse is being lifted! They will be serving us!

ben on August 4, 2012 at 8:33 am

    “Do not let this doomed beast posing as a women tell you how to thing. After all, they were used to send us to our current state of “darkness”. Never fear people of YAHWEH, the curse is being lifted! They will be serving us!”

    ben, not quite sure what you’re talking about? who’s the “doomed beast”; blacks, jews? who will be “serving” us? who is the “us”?

    kirche on August 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Ben,

    I apologize. You’re not a soc major. You’re another sick freak.

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

she’s an equally impressive person as she is an athlete. we’re lucky to have her representing our country.

i can understand why the self-loathing black subculture is attacking her in that she’s so impressive that she’s a far outlier from the typical american black.

personally, i find blacks who sport whatever their natural hair type is, to be more confident and genuine.

kirche on August 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Kirche,

    R A C I S M IN R E V E R S E is still RACISM

    Another racist…

    As goes... on August 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Ass Goes…

      nobody flinches anymore at the bogus “racism” card. the caps just make you look impotent and pathetic.

      kirche on August 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Since the media was first to claim Gabby as the “First African-America” to win gold, it is no wonder so many blacks are jealous of her success. She worked very hard for her achievements, Congrats Gabby! You have done wonders to denounce the misconceived stereotypical notion that every black is lazy. And they live off the government and try to maintain, govenment subsidized everything.
The only problem with the headlines “First African-America to win gold”, it leads everyone to believe we need to share your success with the country of Africa. Does Africa get 50% of your medal?

anonymouse on August 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Even though I agree with Debbie and not with Gerald, I’m always glad to see Gerald’s comments, because he adds interesting dimension to the discussions.

Little Al on August 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Gabby has already made her point. I doubt she knows or cares who her critics are. She just was awarded Olympic gold by the 8 toughest critics in the world.

pat on August 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Agreed, Little Al. I also don’t see a problem with a longer than usual comment that contains some abstract language.

skzion on August 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I just love when people who hate Blacks tell Blacks how they need to act. Their comments weren’t dripping with the subtext of “Blacks are inherently inferior” like yours and other Right Wingers do. Study your history. Very Very old tactic. You aren’t fooling anyone.

Richard on August 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Richard, your another dumbass butt-hurt, first off, DS does NOT hate people of color or non-white minorities, Debbie has PLENTY of friends, whether they’d be white, black, asian, hispanic, middle eastern (arabic, persian, pakistani, etc.), east-indian, etc.

And also stupid, why haven’t you attacked and take your frustrations on those stupid tweets towards Gabby Douglas? Either your condoning those tweets or your just plain old apathetic about it? Plus Debbie and all of here aren’t saying how black people need to act, just another reactionist butt-hurt left winger such as yours Richard, no critical thinking skills, just use emotions and feelings, and you aren’t fooling any of us here Richard. Go back to the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Democrat Underground, Think Progress, Media Matters, SPLC, etc., bye!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Let me weigh in on this “controversy.” First, I believe this whole thing was created by the media to distract us from Gabby’s victory, and to bash black women. As usually, many blacks bit.

The vast MAJORITY of black people have supported Gabby and cheered her on. A few dimwits make comments about her hair, now it’s attack on black people and the supposed “racism.” If the media hadn’t given these few dolts the stage, we would’ve never known about it.

Now on to this article. It’s plain b.s. that these minute attacks, as stupid and ignorant as they were, should be called “racist.” Racism is an infrastructure set up for and by people in power. It’s an attitude of white supremacy. Yes, there are many blacks that are self-loathing, but that does not equate racism. Racism and hatred of a certain group is what’s caused many blacks for hundreds of years to die at the hands of those who felt they were superior and blacks were inferior. It’s pure hatred.

If the ones here commenting are black, you should be ashamed of yourselves for buying into this crap. You should be ashamed of yourselves for making generalized statements about a group of people whom you look like! You are no better (in fact, you are worse) than the KKK.

The author of this article had the audacity to compare the numskulls who commented on Gabby’s hair to the KKK? Lady, get real!

Sunflower Jones on August 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    “The author of this article had the audacity to compare the numbskulls who commented Gabby’s hair to the KKK?”

    No you get real Sunflower, it seems to me that you moronic butt-hurt leftists are not only ignorant but not that smart, I didn’t remember seeing a line where DS equated those dumbass twitter’s to the KKK when they gave their ignorant two-cents about Gabby Douglas’ hair.

    BTW Sunflower, I happen to be a black person who’s A) a conservative politically and B) a fan/supporter of Debbie Schlussel, so I should be ashamed of myself for DS giving out her two cents on the WHOLE facts of what these stupid folks on social media said about this kid? So tell me Sunflower, how should black people like myself behave, think, etc.? Are you telling me that black folks like myself should vote Democrat all the time, support the so-called welfare state, support liberalsim and left wing garbage, support a so-called Palestinian state and have a disdain for the state of Israel and be anti-American? You need to get your ass out of the house and stop living in your utopia ivory tower world with nothng but tall-tale propaganda!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on August 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    “Sunflower” who cares what your opinion is? I don’t need your approval. I am not ashamed so get over it.

    But you should start either thinking about the 70% PLUS out-of-wedlock birth-rate of black women AND their stupidity of voting almost 100% Democrat. No matter what stupid Liberal crap you say those two main issues will keep the duped black folk in America on the Liberal Platation…a plantation of destruction.

    Skunky on August 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    You’re right, Sunflower. Smacks of a Perception Management campaign. We don’t even know these Twitter women real.

    Italkit on August 5, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Sunflower, dear, around here we don’t buy that academic-leftist malarkey about blacks lacking the power to be racist.

    Your faux sociology is risible.

    skzion on August 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Excuse the typos.

Sunflower Jones on August 4, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Don’t matter how she looks. I’m sure there has to be an element of practicality involved here.

Jay Bird on August 5, 2012 at 12:35 am

What these women said was very stupid but in no way was it racist. On occasion, I have witnessed a group of white women criticising another woman’s hairstyle, makeup, weight, speech, mannerisms, even skin shade but I would never refer to it as racist. It’s just women being bitchy.

These ridiculous claims of black people being racist whenever they say or do anything negative to other black people is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover up white people’s continual denial of their own racist behaviour and attitudes.

Cristalexi on August 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Not since Peggy Fleming has there been such a pretty, talented, APPEALING girl among the Olympic gold medalists!!!!!

Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2012 at 9:59 am

Allowing for the difference in length and texture, I’m wearing my hair in a very similar way, a pony tail, right now.

Miranda Rose Smith on August 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

Until people stop the idiotic talk among their own races we, as a culture, will always have racism. Why should it be okay for anyone to use the word “nigger”, or a derivative there-of, “nigga”? Until all races learn, starting at home, that some words only disgrace the person using it, we will always have these words and the things that go along with them. Be proud of who you are, and what race you belong to, and we may some day be able to live together as a country.

I think this article points out that people, of each race, need to stop hating on their own race so we can all overcome these hurdles. These type of comments, aimed towards this American athletic hero, by people of her own race, only give racists of other races the ammunition to keep their hatred alive. Spot on Debbie.

Smokey on August 5, 2012 at 1:00 pm

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadena ave #h tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documents and 5000 dollars to a person name sandman at the US embassy in manila. she also submitted fake employment records to obtain a work visa. Her husband carlos b. morales also submitted fake documents (land titles and bank statements) to obtain a tourist visa. Her son carlo iii also used such and helped 2 other people to obtain a US tourist visa.

ronb68 on August 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I watched the entire live video stream of Gabby’s competition – from Qualifying to All Around Finals. Not once did I notice her hair … I was too busy watching her nail routine after routine, and appreciating the outcome of all of her hard work and dedication to the sport she loves.

I did notice, however, Russia’s Aliya Mustafina’s infatuation for extremely heavy eye make-up.

BrainyNerd on August 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

So let’s take a few tweets by some Twitters and make a big national issue about it because it’s a slow news day.

Yawn

Fact is, all the African-Americans I know support Gabby. Condelezza Rice even call her an African-American hero. She makes us all proud and I’m happy for her.

This is much ado about nothing, espeically considering a White man just shot up a Sihk house of worship today and killed 6 people.
DS, you are against “Islamic terrorism”, what do you think about these people who were probably targeted because they “look” Muslim

Ashley on August 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Sorry to disappoint you Ashley but not all of the blacks are supportive of Gabby. Maybe all of the ones you know are but not all. The stupid tweets that Debbie has pointed out bear that fact. I know a few of my co workers and friends that are black and they have made stupid comments not just about her hair but how she talks(talks too white), her lips(dsl’s) and other dumb comments. She has been derided by members of her own race instead of being made into the positive role model that she is. These are the same morons who don’t have a problem with Serena Williams’ goofy behavior at the Olympics.

    Ken b on August 6, 2012 at 11:05 am

Reading those tweets made me sick.
The issue of “Hair” in the Black community has kept many from exceling in sports such as swimming as well as gymnastics. Not to mention how much the “Hair” issue has played a big part in terms of Healthy living.
There are a great number of Black woman who spend thousands of dollars on their hair but won’t spend a penny on a Gym membership or buying healthier foods.
On one of the threads about Gabby’s hair, a teacher noted how he has had Black female students stay at home on rainy days because they did not want to mess up there hairdo’s.

gayle on August 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Gayle, Yes, but it was white racists that created this dilemma in the first place. As Gerald explained in his post above white people did not accept black women wearing their hair naturally and it was expected they straighten it in order to be accepted in white society, and especially if they want to get a job.

    Cristalexi on August 7, 2012 at 3:36 am

Leave a Reply

* denotes required field