Rev. Irene Monroe: Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and that other n-word, nappy

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 8:00 pm

Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas is one of this year’s Olympic darlings. As a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, Gabby is the first African American gymnast and woman of color, in Olympic history, to win gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. When she won the gold [...]

Can’t a black female athlete even win a Gold Medal without someone ragging on her HAIR?

By: Friday August 3, 2012 11:08 am

Poor Gabby Douglas. She is rightfully celebrating the fact that she set a historical precedent of Olympic athletic achievement as a woman of color — the first black woman to take the all-around individual title in gymnastics. But in the wake of her win, she is mocked by members of her own community on social [...]

Race and uncomfortable, buried truths: avoiding contradictions of history…and the politics of hair

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 11:46 am

I have yet to have a dialog on race where both the person of the minority group in question and someone from the dominant (white) culture really want to engage with the defenses down. Acknowledging privilege doesn’t have to be an exercise in guilt-tripping by the minority group, nor is it some catastrophe to say [...]

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