Hair….I think Not

I’ve been thinking about the comments that were all over the blogs and social media yesterday about the young gymnast  Gabby Douglas.  The highlights of her performance seemed to have been overshadowed by all the comments surrounding her “HAIR”.  What was really behind those comments?  Was it jealousy, envy, or sheer disdain.

In 2012 after all the struggles, marches and sit ins the most important thing to a lot of people was the fact that her hair wasn’t representative of how a “black girl should look”  Comments where being thrown around like, “she should have represented better than that.” Represented What exactly?  Doing the type of work that she was doing and putting in the effort and skill that she displayed I doubt very seriously her hair and makeup was on the top of her priority list nor should it have been.  I have to believe that we are better than this garbage we are spewing behind the screens of our computers in the quite of our homes.  I have to believe that somewhere inside we are teaching our kids how not to be biased and superficial.  I have to…..otherwise the future generations will ultimately destroy everything that everyone fought so hard for and each other.

When I saw her perform I saw myself winning. I saw my children winning. Gabby Douglas just proved as so many other athletes on that grand stage that when you dream big and work hard the two put together makes for an attainable, fulfilling, and profitable future.  She showed such grace and elegance with each performance.  Her hard work and dedication bared fruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The truth of the matter is we have got to stop making ourselves such easy targets.  Learn to be more supportive of each other. Especially those that are moving in a positive direction.  We have got to spend more time trying to uplift one another instead of tearing each other down. Those that don’t want to see us prosper can do enough of that alone they don’t  need help. How about taking that energy and putting it in to making sure the young men in your community are keeping their pants pulled up. How about spending that energy teaching kids the art or entrepreneurship.

Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team for bringing home Olympic Gold!

Learn to embrace the skin you are in. God made us each unique in our own right. Last I checked He don’t make mistakes.  Seize your own opportunities.  Where there are none make some. Life is about what you make it.  Don’t let your current state determine you life’s path.  Aim high past the stars that way if you fall you will float among the clouds.

Build a Better Community, Build a Better YOU,

Tamara Brown ~ www.thebrownnetwork.com

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