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Scientific Racism at Forbes Magazine: The DNA Olympics — Jamaicans Win Sprinting ‘Genetic Lottery’

Forbes is a magazine for wealthy white business people. Even though they are not as blatantly racist as National Review they have come up with some extremely biased doozies like If I was a Poor Black Kid, which inspired a furious backlash and great memes. Forbes doubled down with this mess from a whiny white guy who assumes his inability to reach impoverished black children is because they are all criminally ignorant and not really poor.

Their latest dip into the pool of white elitism is an insult the Olympians of the Caribbean, Africa and Africans Americans athletes by retreading the racially biased pseudobiology that held away in America and Europe after slavery and only began to die after the Holocaust. Scientific racism never seems to completely die out and John Entine one of the most vocal proponent contents that blacks are simply better for running. This nonsense seems even more ridiculous due to the availably of DNA analysis. 70% African Americans have white ancestry and about 15% have Native American ancestry. Those few whose genetic contributions that hail completely from Africa are an admixture of numerous ethnic groups. Caribbean people are more mixed with the aboriginal people of the islands, the shortage of white women in the West Indies and the white colonial aristocracy’s tendency to breed their own “stock.” After emancipation some of the South Asian indentured servants married black natives.
Most Jamaicans simply consider themselves Jamaicans. Colorism may be an issue but race isn’t I have Jamaican maternal linage that is white, South Asian and African. You can look at a pictures of the Olympic team and see the variation. Why do racists like you deny the fact that the average person of a different race can be more similar genetically than two people of the same race? Why do racists deny that Africa has the greatest genetic variation on the planet and skin color varies throughout the continent?
Black people have made headway in “traditionally white” sports like golf, fencing, tennis swimming, diving, water polo and gymnastics, how does this racist twaddle explain that? Individual, genetics, opportunity, resources and hard work make a good athlete. This post started as a comment on this fact that this racist tripe still gets publicized as fact. My post was magically removed. I posted it again lets see if it is jettisoned into the ozone again by the author of this trash. Come on, John Entine, put scientific racism in the dustbin of history next to eugenics where it belongs. For more detailed discussion on how wrong this Entine character is check out Resurrecting Racism: The attack on black people using phony science.

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Digging at the roots while going for gold: Gabby Douglas’ hair

This is a great piece on the politics of black hair by Dr. Neal Lester. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. I have been natural for years because I live in town were hair dressers are stuck in the 1950’s. My hair dropped out because the small town hair dressers used a ridiculously strong perm on my hair over 10 years ago. The older member of my upper middle class family squawk about my hair every time they see me offer to get it breaded (which I gladly accept) or to perm it, which I flatly reject. When it was I child I begged to wear afro puffs and finally got permission in 7th grade. even when I finally got was allowed to get a perm in high school I would let out grow out because Ultra Sheen scalp burns we no joke and I want to look like Chaka Khan, which disturbed my mother to no end. I reallt hope that the current natural hair movement doesn’t go the way of my afro puffs and women can wear their hair anyway they want without criticism within and outside the black community.

African American women slaves covered their hair with bandannas or used axle grease, greasy dishwater, or lye to temporarily straighten their curly hair. An 1894 minstrel song by African American Gussie Davis, “When They Straighten All the Colored People’s Hair,” proclaimed that heaven would be the place where straight hair, even for black folks, would prevail. Some sources allege that slave women felt ashamed of their non-straight, non-flowing hair when compared with the mistresses’ or the little white children’s they were grooming. In the 1960s, some black women embraced the Afro as a symbol of political resistance and saw activist Angela Davis and Davis’ bold Afro as the embodiment of black power. Davis later lamented her disappointment that her politics had been reduced to a hairstyle, a hairstyle that in the 1980s and 1990s became a fad among black youngsters who saw the Afro and the Afro pick as more fashion than political statement.Continue Reading.

Black Women do Swim and Win Medals at the Olympics

Black women are  diversifying and excelling in Olympics, but much of the coverage has demeaned and minimized their accomplishments. This coverage exemplifies the almost impossible standards that are placed on women of African decent. Double gold medal winning gymnast Gabby Douglas is iratic with bad hair and her mother is represented as a single mother (instead of divorced) with out of control spending problems. Haters say Lolo Jones used her looks to cover up her lack of talent. Serena Williams was attacked by right wing pundits for promoting “gangsterism” in her victory dance, she and her sister Venus, British heptathlon gold medalis, Jessica Ennis are “too fat.” Despite the historic U.S. Jamaica track rivalry the women of Team USA like largely a second though except when it comes to allegations of doping thrown at Carmelita Jeter Others like the fencing team’s Nzingha Prescod and silver medalist in Taekwondo Paige McPherson are simply forgotten. Rush Limbaugh, who is known for his unhealthy obsession with the FLOTUS, used the criticism of Gabby’s hair to go on a rant about how fat black women are. Pot.Kettle.Limbaugh.

Lia Neal

The joke that black women don’t swim. The truth is swimming takes resources and access. This olympics is proving that trope is changing. Bronze medalist 17-year old Lia Neal was the second African American, but more press has been devoted to other swimmers who did not medal. Neal,  is also a spokes woman for an organization that introduces children of color to swimming and water safety, how many swimmers devote time out of their buy schedules to do that? Neal attends Convent of the Sacred Heart High School on a swimming scholarship. It’s the same school that Lady Gaga went to. She’s also part of an elite swim team at Asphalt Green on 91st Street in Manhattan. Lia who has virtually punched her ticket to any college and future opportunities she wants,  goes back to her senior year of high school in the fall. Neal will have college and four years of training before the Rio Games and I know that Lia will be harder to ignore in 2016.
In Beijing 2008, at age 16, Jennifer Abel became one of the youngest divers in Canadian history to secure a berth and represent her country at the Olympic Games. Abel and her partner Emilie Heymans won a bronze medal at the 3-meter springboard synchronized dive competition at this year’s games. A Laval, Quebec native of  Haitian descent started diving in 1996 and made her first senior international appearance in 2006 in at the Senior Grand Prix in Spain. In 2008, she earned a silver medal collected a pair of bronze medals on the FINA Grand Prix circuit the following year. She became the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion in both the 1 m springboard and the 3 meter synchronized springboard with, a college student, trains at the Olympic Pool in Montreal and holds the Canadian national record in 3-meter synchronized springboard.  After the medal ceremony, Abel said the feeling of winning an Olympic medal had not yet sunken in. “Since the beginning of the year we’ve been really nervous about that moment,” she said. “I think it takes time to just calm down and just realize it.”

Water Polo is seen as exclusively white, upper class sport. Krystina Alogbo, the team captain of the women’s Canadian water polo team is changing that perception. Although  the team did not make the final cut for this year’s Olympics (only eight teams compete in the tournament) , Krystina lead her team to back to back silver medal performances during the summer of 2009 at the World League Super Final and the FINA World Aquatic Championships earning MVP honours in the later.Growing up in the rough community of St-Michel in Montreal, Quebec. Alogbo lost  her brother in a drug related shooting. Alogbo found salvation in sports. She  has a  passion for the water polo and referees children’s games in Montreal where she has had  a big influence in attracting a more ethnically diverse group to the game.

The Media’s Gabby Douglas Problem – EBONY

I am reblogging this great article from my  good G+ friend T. F. Chatterton:

The reports of Black women hating on Gabby Douglas’s hair have been greatly exaggerated. Articles claiming that Black women have fixated on Gabby’s hair have sparked the usual discussion about White beauty norms, hair politics, and internalized racism. But is it reallyBlack women who are obsessed with Gabby Douglas’ hair, or the media?

The idea that sisters are paying “more attention to her hair than her gold medals” is exactly the image of dysfunctional, belligerent Black women that the media loves. In the understandable rush to defend Gabby from critics, we’ve overlooked that this narrative is being pushed by racist, sexist media that can’t be trusted to report accurately on Black women’s opinions on just about anything. There’s very little evidence that hair is a priority when it comes to Black women’s feelings about Gabby Douglas.

This story can be traced back to one blog post quoting all of three disparaging comments, that Jezebel slapped a few more tweets on as proof of a trend. Everyone from NPR to the LA times has since weighed in, all seemingly basing their analysis on the Jezebel piece and a small sample of tweets. Outlets have specifically searched for negative tweets about Gabby, probably overlooking many more celebratory comments. We should question whether the coverage reflects an actual trend, or confirmation bias creating a news story out of a few isolated fools being mean on the internet. It’s possible that the real viral story here is the original piece and the media furor it’s spawned.  Read More

Sanya Richards-Ross, JAmerican Gold Medalist

Sanya Richards-Ross

The black community in America is very diverse. People who live in the North have different traditions and culture than those who live in the South. African immigrants are most recent Black Americans. People from the Caribbean and more have been migrating to this country for a century. Despite racist immigration policies that banned black immigration for several decades Caribbean Americans from Marcus Garvey, James Mc Kay, Shirley Chisholm, Sidney Poitier, Colin Powell, Harry Belefonte, Patrick Ewing,  Tim Duncan, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Gil Scott Heron and Eric Holder have made indelible contributions to America. Sanya Richards-Ross is no exception.

Richards-Ross is the first runner, male or female, to reach Olympic finals in both 200 & 400 since since 2000. She also won individual bronze medal for the 400m race in 2008.  The following year, Richards-Ross became World Champion, winning a gold medal in the 400 meter race repeated this performance in the 2012 Olympics Games. On making the 2012 Olympic team Sanya tweeted”Making my 3rd Olympic Team is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  I’ve never been more focused, determined, excited! It’s everything.”

Richards-Ross was born in Kingston and immigrated to America at the age of 12. In high school, she lettered in Track and Field and Basketball in high school and was a member of the National Honor Society, graduating with a 4.0 G. P.A.  Sanya was named National High School Female Athlete of the Year, USA Track and Field’s Youth Athlete of the Year,  Women’s Prep Athlete of the Year. She became an American citizen in 2002.

She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business School of Business 2006 with a degree in management information systems and was inducted into The University of Texas Hall of Honor. She began dating Jacksonville Jaguar’s cornerback Aaron Ross in 2003 and the couple got engaged in 2007  They were married on February 26, 2010  and the celebration which was aired on the WE TV show Platinum Weddings.

he spent five years fighting an autoimmune disease called Behcet’s syndrome. Now, Richards-Ross thinks she may have been misdiagnosed. A visit to a new doctor last year resulted in a new diagnosis and a new treatment and despite ongoing symptoms, she states that she not felt better in years.

Sany Richard Ross with Jamaican runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Ms. Richard-Ross has not forgotten her Jamaican roots. The Sanya Richards Fast Track Program founded in 2007. The primary focus of the program is to enhance literacy and numeracy; develop students’ readiness for standardized tests; promote an active and healthy lifestyle through sports; and enhance social skills with regards to professionalism and employability.

 

 

London 2012: Black Locals Feel Forgotten

Wightman Road, Haringey, London, UK

The Borough of Haringey,  where me and my sister was born, is an area considered one of the most deprived areas in all of Britain. More than half of its 250,000-plus residents are ethnic minorities. But as the Olympics go on across town, Finsbury Park’s run-down sports center faces shutdown. The local council says it can’t pay for the center’s upkeep and is considering handing it over to a consortium of sports clubs that may not offer round-the-clock access. That worries Johnson and his friends, a group of older men, most of them from immigrant families, who gather daily to do punishing circuit training on the track and in the bare-bones gym. In between circuits, they joke and catch up on life. “They should have done this place up for the Olympics,” says Johnson, who is now 57. “We don’t get a lot out of the games at all.”

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FOX criticizes Gabby Douglas’ wardrobe choices

FOX NEWS or as I like to call them FAUX NEWS has a long history of representing blacks as lazy, violent and un-American. From Glen Beck’s exclamation that President Obama hates whites to their publicizing that the same four black men that comprise the New Black Panthers as a major threat to America to employing black commentators that spred hate and suspicion about people of color FAUX NEWS in a neo-nazi’s best friend. One of my favorite FAUX NEWS Uncle Tom’s ia Reverend Jessie Lee Paterson who actually thanked whites for slavery on the Sean Hannity radio show! Now they have gone after Gabby Douglas inferring that the outfit that she wore during her gold medal performances were deliberately non-patriotic.

Black FAUX NEWS guest commentator David Webb, remarking on the fact that Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas wasn’t outfitted in American flag-themed attire when competing or standing on the podium:

What’s wrong with showing pride? What we’re seeing is this kind of soft anti-American feeling, that Americans can’t show our exceptionalism. And frankly, if they are offended about us showing our exceptionalism, then they have that right and I don’t care. And neither do most Americans. That’s a fact.

Blonde haired, FAUX NEWS barbie, Alisyn Camerota insisted that 16 year old Douglas “used her prerogative” in wearing a hot pink outfit during her gold winning performance.FAUX NEWS neglected to mention that fellow American competitor and white woman, Aly Reisman wore the same outfit and the individual gymnasts have no say it what they wear in olympic competition. What’s especially crazy about all this is that after Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around, she stood waving up at the crowd clad in a red, white, and blue jacket with USA written on the back. Later during the medal ceremony she wore a gray jacket with an American flag patch on the shoulder, stood atop the podium, and listened to “The Star-Spangled Banner” as an American flag was hoisted up above her.

Check out Al Sharpton’s take on FAUX NEWS attempt to use a 16 year old girl to promote their race baiting antics.

Jessica Ennis wins the heptathalon for England

Jessica Ennis enjoys her victory lap after winning the heptathlon.

The greatest moment of the London 2012 opening ceremony  for me was the inclusion of the Empire Windrush, the ship that initiated the mass migration of Caribbean immigrants in 1948. England would not have made such a speedy recovery from WWII without the labour of Caribbean immigrants. My parents were part of this first wave of immigration that ended when the racist political leader Enoch Powell 1962 led the effort to pass the Commonwealth Immigrants Act restricting the entry of immigrants in 1962. By 1972, only holders of work permits, or people with parents or grandparents born in the UK could gain entry,  effectively stemming most Caribbean immigration. Today black and mixed race people of Caribbean ancestry make up about about 3% of the population of the UK.

People of African decent have been in England since the Roman occupation. There were African people in the court of King James IV of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I. 18th century England was home to a black population of between 10-15,000 people – mostly in major ports but also in market towns and villages across the country. Some whites who bemoan the browning of England have black ancestry. Scientist James Watson spouted nonsense about the genetic inferiority of black people and then found out he was 16 percent African, which means one of his great-grandparents was of African decent.

Although the stigma of interracial marriage is less of an issue in England. Black and mixed race British people face some of the same issues faced by African Americans in the areas of education and criminal justice. That is why the gold winning performance of Jessica Ennis means so much to Black Brits and the British population as a whole.

Jessica was born in Sheffield. Her father, originally from Jamaica, is a self-employed painter and decorator; her mother, a social worker, was born in Derbyshire. She began her athletic career at the age of ten and almost immediately began winning high jump competitions. Ennis won the national schools high jump title at the age of 14, but chose to compete in the heptathlon. This combines the high and long jump with the shot put and javelin, the 100m hurdles and running races over 200m and 800m. Her first Olympic dream ended in tears when just before Beijing in 2008 when she was forced to withdraw because of a triple fracture that threatened to end her career. After a twelve-month lay-off , Ennis returned to competition and won the Ennis won the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin and won the title of won the “Sportswoman of the Year” award from the British Sports Journalists’ Association.  In 2010, she became the World Indoor Champion for the pentathlon with a new British Record, Commonwealth Record and Championship Record with score of 4,937 points, finishing ahead of all three Beijing heptathlon medal winners. Jessica was voted European Athlete of the Month three times in 2010, “Ultimate Sports Star” at the Ultimate Woman of the Year Awards from Cosmopolitan magazine for the second consecutive year and “Outstanding Female Athlete” at the Commonwealth Sports Awards.

At the 2011 World Athletics Championships Ennis finished second although she beat the gold medal winner in five of the seven events. Ennis was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to athletics. Ennis was also honored with a waxwork figure at London’s Madame Tussauds . In October of 2011 Ennis was voted Athlete of the Year for the third time by the British Athletic Writers’ Association.

Nicknamed the “Golden Girl, ” Ennis’ face was on billboards all over England promoting the upcoming games. She truncated her competition schedule to prepare for the Olympics, but still took first place in the hurdles, shot put and high jump in the 2012 World Indoor Championships, winning the silver medal. Ennis won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a British and Commonwealth record score of 6,955 points, beating German silver medallist, Lilli Schwarzkopf by 306 points.

Ennis like many other black female athletes have faced criticism about her body. A senior figure at UK Athletics suggested Jessica was ‘fat and has too much weight.’ Ennis, who shook the slight off,  joked that when she Googled her name the first thing she found was people talking about her backside. Jessica will have the last laugh since she could make around five million dollars in the next two or three years if she chose to, from sponsorship and endorsements. Ennis chose not to compete in the 100 meter hurdles, preferring to bask in the glow of her recent win. On her plans for the immediate future, she said: “I’m definitely going to relax, eat lots of rubbish food, have a few glasses of wine and enjoy this moment for as long as possible.”

Judo: Incredible Riner sends French fans delirious | Reuters

The roar from the crowd when France’s Teddy Riner was crowned Olympic heavyweight judo champion at the London Games on Friday was so loud he probably felt it could be heard in Paris.

A hero in his homeland, the 10,000-strong crowd at London’s ExCel Centre, awash with red, white and blue tricolour flags of France, chanted his name in the sort of reception usually reserved for pop stars.

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Cuba’s Idalys Ortiz wins women’s Olympic judo gold!

Idalys Ortiz

Cuban men have a remarkable boxing tradition with  Teófilo Stevenson and Félix Savón  as two of only three boxers to win three Olympic gold medals in three consecutive games.  Cuban women also have lesser known olympic history in the martial art of Judo, but have not won a gold  since Driulis González in the 1996 Atlanta games. Recently, Cuban women have  been on the comeback trail, with three silver medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Idalys Ortiz,  was the youngest judo medalist, had to be satisfied with a bronze medal at the Beijing games. The judoka had a triumphant comeback, winning the women’s Olympic +78kg category title in the 2012 games. Ortiz, 22 is seeded at number six in international competition, beat Japan’s Mika Sugimoto after she was awarded the win by the referee and two judges as the fight finished scoreless after extra time.  After her win the exuberant Ortiz jumped for joy and exclaimed, “it’s a dream!  Now that I have achieved this, I feel very happy and I thank everyone who has contributed. My family … everyone who trusted me.”

Check out her golden performance  

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