There’s little doubt that skin pigmentation within the African-American community is a constant source of contention, and even personal triumphs, success, wealth and power can’t seem to stem the inner conflict that exists for the fast majority of blacks within society.
Nothing is more evident than seeing the seemingly endless disconnect between the races, then seeing respected million dollar athletes raising the arms high and knowingly repeating a false narrative of “hands up don’t shoot!”
And so when the topic reverts back to skin pigmentation rather than Simone Manuel’s amazing accomplishment as a gold medalist, who also happens to also be the first African-American woman to take that honor within the swimming competition; it negates her accomplishment because of the inner conflict within her.
Simply listen to her statement about race and those that are on the front lines; “It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” she said. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”
“It is something I’ve definitely struggled with a lot,” coming into the race I tried to take [the] weight of the black community off my shoulders. It’s something I carry with me. I want to be an inspiration, but I would like there to be a day when it is not ‘Simone the black swimmer.”
However until that day when Simone and other powerful, wealthy and successful African-Americans stop focusing on skin pigmentation in defining themselves, even in passing as “Simone the black swimmer,” don’t expect others too.
Do you think this swimmer owes our the police an apology at the very least? Do you want an athlete like this representing our nation?
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