The White World of Sports: What Gabby Douglas’ vault into Olympic history means

The White World of Sports: What Gabby Douglas’ vault into Olympic history means

This article really explores the concept of a “post-racial” society. Does Gabby’s Olympic win mean that we have moved beyond being focused on race? I say no. The article argues that Gabby was one of the lucky few that was able to have access to gymnastics which many black girls do not have. It also discusses how important this win is for Black History. Of course some of the people who commented object to the article mentioning Gabby’s race as it isn’t a factor and that she is solely American but it is never that easy. Black people in America have two identities one that society gives them (stereotypes) and their own self image (DuBois’s double consciousness). The commentators decided to accept Gabby but do not want to credit how her success is important to the black community. I liked this article because of how it unpacked a very complicated issue that extends far beyond Gabby’s success but is an over-arching theme in the lives of black people in America.

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One thought on “The White World of Sports: What Gabby Douglas’ vault into Olympic history means

  1. So very true. I also believe that we must accept responsibility for denying ourselves access to gymnastics,tennis,rowing etc. Clearly we excel when we are presented with the opportunity. We must make these options available and not rely on others to grant us access.

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