Olympic Moments: Black Fist or Crip Walk?


Let me say that I don’t really watch the Olympics much. I see the whole thing as some type of weird ritual that everyone from around the world participates in. It’s a sporting event for the elite to have bragging rights about who has the best athletes. I do enjoy sports from time to time.I watched it more as a kid but I have more things I’m interested in as an adult. Having said that,I saw something very strange a few days ago. After Serena Williams won her match she began Crip walking! I saw footage of it on the news. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I really don’t think this was something you want to do in front of the world. I know she’s from Compton and she may have grown up doing it as a kid as a fun dance. But I see it as glorifying a lifestyle that kills thousands of black people in inner cities around this country. Also remember Serena’s sister was killed a few years ago in a violent crime. I don’t think Crip walking for the world to see is how black people want to present themselves to billions around the world.
Don’t get me wrong,I think Venus and Serena are great athletes. They’re beautiful sistas. I’ve rooted for them many times during their matches. They’ve broken countless records. And have been great role models for little black girls who may want to take up tennis. I just think this was a major misstep. The ghetto culture is not something we as black people should glorify. I’m cool with expressing a pride in being of African descent or black heritage here in America. But it should be something that you can be proud of. Not a dance that’s popular by gang members that terrorize black neighborhoods. When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black fists at the Olympics in 1968—that was a moment of protest. Those brothers were making a statement on the bigotry,racism and oppression that black people were going through(and still are). I commend those brothers for not being afraid of the backlash they would get for doing this act.But look how far we’ve fallen. From speaking out against oppression to Crip walking?? Black people have to remember that when you’re on the stage for the world to see–you’re representing the black collective. It’s not just about YOU. I know there are those who will say “Serena was just repping for her Compton culture.” There’s a lot of different ways you can represent for your city,state or country. I don’t think Malcolm X,Huey Newton,Rosa Parks or Marcus Garvey fought and died for our people–just so we can Crip walk for the world to see. We got to do better.

6 thoughts on “Olympic Moments: Black Fist or Crip Walk?

    • Yeah I understand. A lot of people are not that familiar with it. But when I was growing up I saw kids doing it. It’s real popular in places like Los Angeles,Pomona,Long Beach,cities like that. A lot of rappers do it in music videos nowadays. They don’t realize kids emulate that gang culture madness.

  1. European culture is tribal. Serena Williams tipped her hat to European culture, a la vaunting her “Compton roots.” She’s proud of the Compton tribe and the American tribe.

    We need to reinculcate into our people African culture. Where it’s not about tribe but restoring our continent. Nothing about this sport does that. It’s no better if Serena just bowed her head. Same difference; Africa suffers.

    • Yeah I hear what you’re saying. But promoting the gangster lifestyle is not the way to go about it. You’re right that our people should be proud of their African culture though. If she had thrown up a fist,I would’ve given her more props on that.

      • I’m not saying she should promote that lifestyle. Nor am I claiming ‘gangster culture’ is a part of African culture. I’m pointing out the ‘whys.’ I’m showing that she has a European psychology. What she did was awful, but so is her playing in the contest.

        We need to have purpose, not as entertainers but creators.

      • Oh ok I see where you’re coming from. The fact that she even participated wasn’t a good look. I feel you. But I think if a black person is going to participate anyway,they need to be mindful how they present themselves to the masses of non-blacks worldwide.

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