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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If anyone has ever said that black of Latino people couldn’t do gymnastics has not seen this year’s London Olympics. I have always liked to watch the gymnastics portion of the Olympics because I always wondered how the athletes were able to do the tricks they did, whether that meant doing a backflip on the […]Read more "Soaring to Higher Heights"