Over the past couple of days,
everyone’s been giving praise to 16-year-old gymnast Gabrielle Douglas for doing
an outstanding job in the Summer 2012 Olympics. No matter how hard working you
are, this situation is the perfect example of why you can’t please everybody
and you’ll never be able to. The 16-year-old Virginia native has had to deal
with harsh criticism from her own community—the black community. Here we have a
talented young lady who trained hard and earned her once in a lifetime chance spot
to participate in the Olympics and even after earning a gold medal, people are
more concerned with the way her hair looks than her achievements.
I had to
speak on this topic because it disgusted me to see grown black women putting
down a well-rounded, hard working young lady because of how they think her hair should look. In this
day and age, we should encourage kids to do what they love to do and excel at
it. There is so much going on in the
world. Teen pregnancy and drug use are at the top of that list, especially in
the black community. The very people who complain about black children not
being given a chance to excel are the very ones tearing Gabby Douglas down
because her hair wasn’t “fried, dyed and laid to the side”.
This girl just won two gold medals and the only thing some grown
black women can think about is her appearance? That leads me to question one’s
character and what’s really important to them.
We have allowed society to brainwash us; teenagers especially
to think that appearance should be at the top of the priority list. How else do
you explain the teen pregnancy, eating disorders and long list of self-esteem
Hair is important depending on who you ask, but hair is not everything. Hair won’t get you a
college degree. Hair won’t get you a job, unless you’re a hair model. And I’m pretty
sure Gabby’s hair isn’t the reason why she was chosen to participate in the
Olympics or won two gold medals.
If some of you are criticizing her for her how her hair “should”
look even after all she’s accomplished, I feel for the children and teenagers
you’re related to. If you can tear down a stranger’s child, you’ll tear down
Bottom Line: When
it’s all said and done and Gabby will go down in history for being the first African-American all-around Olympic champion and the first US gymnast to win both that title and the team gold, NOT her hair. Her skill and talent is what earned her the gold. I tip my hat off to
Gabby. Just like any sane adult with younger relatives, we want to see them excel
and be the best they can be. She will serve as inspiration to girls younger
than her who may want to go on to do what she did some day and that’s what
Gabby has everyone from Oprah to President Obama praising
her for her hard work and I know her family is extremely proud, as they
should be. They’re not worried about her hair, so why are some of you?
If you would like to learn more about Gabby Douglas or just leave some kind words and congratulate her, check out the links below: