Courtesy of Vibe Vixen
I wanted to talk to you about our little one Gabby Douglas. At sixteen years old, Gabby has become an Olympic Gold medalist, ranking her a world-class gymnast. The online support for her has been wonderful. The #GoGabby hashtags during competition and the many gifs of the Virginia native in truly impossible poses are enough to make me want to attempt the splitsâ€¦Donâ€™t worry, Iâ€™m not.
The problem is the other chatter.
Thereâ€™s an ongoing conversation taking place, both online and off, about Gabbyâ€™s hair. Apparently some find it â€˜unkemptâ€™ and are displeased. Even more surprising is that this discussion isnâ€™t taking place amongst white people, or fellow gymnasts or even young men trying to see whatâ€™s good â€“ but instead, the majority of the criticism is taking place amongst other Black women.