8.09.2012

The Hair of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas? Black Folks Still Act Like Crabs In A Bucket


By Erica C. Davis 

Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnanst who recently made history by becoming the first African-American to win the individual all-around Olympic gold medal, is now being scutinized for of all things: her hair.

This reminds me to the age old parable: One day a boy and his father were walking along the beach. The boy noticed a crab catcher carrying a bucket of crabs. The crab bucket did not have a top on it. He asked his father why the crabs were not able to escape. His father said, “If there was only one crab in the bucket it would certainly escape. However, when there is more than one crab in the bucket, if one tries to crawl out, the other crabs grab hold and pull it back down so that it will share the same fate as the rest of them.” The boy’s father said, “This is true with people. If one person attempts to better himself, others, often those close to him, will attempt to drag him back down.”

The name and face of Gabby Douglas has been in the news, on social media, and already on a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Additionally, she poised to reap the benefits of several sponsorships, yet people are discussing her hair. Douglas and her Olympic teammates will make a base salary of more than $100,000 each for participating in the 40-city Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions that begins Sept. 8 in San Jose, California, and ends Nov. 18 in Brooklyn, New York. She is not doing what the “normal” 16 year-old is doing. Steve Penny, the president of USA Gymnastics, said before the Olympics that gymnasts who won team or individual medals at the London Games could earn as much as $500,000 each on the tour. So instead of lauding her achievements, some people are slamming her for… not getting her hair done and a majority of the comments are from Black Folks. [READ MORE]