The Olympics in Brazil this past summer was a huge success for gymnast Simone Biles. Biles was the Olympic individual all-around,vault and floor gold medalist. I’m sure she was in inspiration to many young black girls around the world. But she said something this past summer that I found a bit disturbing. Something that should go in the buffoonery category. When she was asked who she would like to play her in a biopic about her life…she said biracial actress Zendaya Coleman. Why? She looks nothing like Zendaya.
Why would a dark skinned girl want a biracial woman to play her? This makes no sense to me. But the crazy part is you have black girls who actually agree with her. This smells like self hatred(anti-blackness) to me. This is the type of colorism no one wants to address. And shows the problem of wanting biracial woman to represent black beauty. This shows me the type of mentality that Biles must have. She must have a very poor self image to want a woman that looks nothing like her to be in her biopic. If she was truly proud of her appearance and self image she would’ve said actresses like Keke Palmer or Imani Hakim. This is a bad reflection on Biles for saying this.
And if that wasn’t bad enough,this past summer she announced that her celeb crush was actor Zac Efron. Zac Efron??? Are you serious Simone? Efron even flew down to Rio to meet her during the Olympics. Isn’t that sweet? This girl is so lost. I realize that she’s only nineteen years old. She’s still a young woman. Hopefully as she gets older she will become wiser and realize the error of her ways. Until then,she’s in the buffoonery category.
Track and field athlete Sanya Richards-Ross is married to NFL player Aaron Ross. She is an Olympic gold medalist. Aaron Ross has played football for the New York Giants.Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
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.