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(Gather)   Gabby Douglas opens up about racist bullying at her former gym. Former gym objects to such characterization: "It wasn't racist"   (celebs.gather.com) divider line 6
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2012-08-28 01:46:56 PM  
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Hey black community stop acting like everything that happens to you is directly related to the color of your skin.

Didn't get the best seat at a restaurant...racism.
Didn't get a job...racism.
Didn't get a promotion...racism.
convenience store clerk looked at me twice while I was in the candy isle...racism.
Didn't get the highest grade in the class...racism.
gym mates didn't like me...racism.

Seriously, stop with the constant drum beat of racism and being a victim. If you have evidence it was based on your skin color fine, we [the rest of america] will listen and condemn those that should be condemned.

If not, I feel sad for you that you have given in to the social doctrine that all black people are oppressed all the time simply because of the color of their skin. You will never learn to grow from your losses as you will never internalize that you didn't achieve something because of your shortcomings, rather, you will constantly feel others cheated you out of something that was rightfully yours.
2012-08-28 03:51:31 PM  
2 votes:

WhyKnot: coolio mack: WhyKnot:

While you make a couple valid points in here, I'm a bit tired of hearing you and some others throw around the term "black community" as if we're all bred into this groupthink mentality. Gabby Douglas speaks for herself. Oprah speaks for herself. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson speak for themselves. Judge these sort of things on a case by case basis and decide if its BS or not, but don't lump us all together as if all black people are going to rally around Douglas here.

Thank you for your response and my apologies...you are correct, I was painting with a rather broad brush. I will certainly make more of an effort to attribute activities to an individual rather than a community at large.

With that being said, I do feel that a large segment of the black populous does shoulder a victim mentality (brow beat into them by charlatans like AL and Jessie) and that when ever something happens to them, it is attributable to the color of their skin and not the content of their character.

Again my apologies and thank you for the correction, it was a fair and valid criticism.


No need to apologize, torr5962 put it perfectly in his post. Stephen A. Smith is one of the absolute worst at this, as he always runs to the black community line and thinks he speaks for all blacks in sports. I've also heard him use the phrase "homosexual community" in a couple different instances, which is even more ridiculous.

I do agree with your overall point though, which is why I didn't want to rage out on you or call you a troll like everyone seems to do around here when a poster brings up something about race. My father is a prime example of someone who's been a failure in his life and takes the stand that everyone is out to discriminate against him. And some of the reactions of other black people I heard after Obama got elected was some of the most idiotic, ignorant thinking I've heard.

Your post at the end of this thread is excellent as to how people are judged by their appearance. I notice a clear difference as to how I'm treated when wearing dress clothes as compared to some of the 'urban' gear I have. Walking down the street in nice clothes, I've gotten compliments and smiles. Urban gear, I've gotten women to pull close to their boyfriend or grip their purse a little tighter. I had one guy I was walking comfortably behind do a complete 180, step into the street, and let me pass before he kept going. It's a disappointing feeling, knowing that I'm pushing 30 and have never even been placed in cuffs - yet some people think I'm a common thug. But that's just the way life is and I'm not going to let a few bad apples taint my overall thinking.

Great discussion guys. I don't find that much when I come here.
2012-08-28 02:47:06 PM  
2 votes:
coolio mack
While you make a couple valid points in here, I'm a bit tired of hearing you and some others throw around the term "black community" as if we're all bred into this groupthink mentality. Gabby Douglas speaks for herself. Oprah speaks for herself. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson speak for themselves. Judge these sort of things on a case by case basis and decide if its BS or not, but don't lump us all together as if all black people are going to rally around Douglas here. 

The media and racebaiting politicians create this absolute tribalism-the "us vs them" mentality, ignoring the fact that people of all races, especially in our melting pot of the US, are individuals who often have ideas that run counter to their ethnicity of race. But beware the person who thinks for themselves and disagrees with their race's popular views-you will be shouted down as an Uncle Tom or sellout simply because you dont swallow whole media hyped issues like Gabby Douglas' gym or George Zimmerman's suspected profiling. I think its the subtle, condescending treatment by too many in politics and media who ignore individuality that have helped to foster an attitude of "black community" oneness. The faster we get past that bullshiat, the better we'll all be.
2012-08-28 02:13:08 PM  
2 votes:

WhyKnot: Hey black community stop acting like everything that happens to you is directly related to the color of your skin.

Didn't get the best seat at a restaurant...racism.
Didn't get a job...racism.
Didn't get a promotion...racism.
convenience store clerk looked at me twice while I was in the candy isle...racism.
Didn't get the highest grade in the class...racism.
gym mates didn't like me...racism.

Seriously, stop with the constant drum beat of racism and being a victim. If you have evidence it was based on your skin color fine, we [the rest of america] will listen and condemn those that should be condemned.

If not, I feel sad for you that you have given in to the social doctrine that all black people are oppressed all the time simply because of the color of their skin. You will never learn to grow from your losses as you will never internalize that you didn't achieve something because of your shortcomings, rather, you will constantly feel others cheated you out of something that was rightfully yours.


While you make a couple valid points in here, I'm a bit tired of hearing you and some others throw around the term "black community" as if we're all bred into this groupthink mentality. Gabby Douglas speaks for herself. Oprah speaks for herself. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson speak for themselves. Judge these sort of things on a case by case basis and decide if its BS or not, but don't lump us all together as if all black people are going to rally around Douglas here.
2012-08-28 01:46:47 PM  
1 votes:
This girl needs to hire some better PR people. She is a walking endorsement machine-you can almost see her doing commercials for everything from makeup to yogurt...but not if she get all wrapped up in this mess.

If she values being outspoken more than millions of dollars-more power to her. I just hope she is making a conscious decision not to cash in on having worked so hard.
2012-08-28 01:13:40 PM  
1 votes:
I'm a victim.
 
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