Gabby Douglas of African-America takes Gold in Gymnastics

African American Gabby wins the Gold in 2012 London Olympics

Gabby is a great American Athlete that is an inspiration to all Americans.  Even if Bob Costas tells you otherwise.
Gabby is a great American Athlete that is an inspiration to all Americans. Even if Bob Costas tells you otherwise.

Gabby Gets the gold for the USA in Gymnastics

Did you hear the news last night? African-America got their first gold in Olympic Gymnastics! I was watching the finals and rooting on Gabby Douglas because I thought that she was an Olympic representative for team USA. She was in the running for the overall gold medal for woman’s gymnastics. My friend and I were both rooting her on as she held off a couple of Russian competitors and was finally declared the winner. My friend and I were both proud of the United States and of Gabby Douglas for being such an exciting and skilled athlete. She is a pretty young lady that is full of youthful exuberance. It is hard not to root for an athlete like Gabby. As Americans we should celebrate athletes like Gabby Douglas for putting in hours of training and years of sacrifice to reach the pinnacle of their sports. We were proud to have Gabby wear the USA across her chest to represent us at the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

Gabby's Quote is an inspiration to everyone

"The glory goes up to God and the blessings fall down on me" -Gabby Douglas

Gabby Gets the Gold for African-America

Then all of a sudden Bob Costas came on and announced that the USA didn’t win the gold medal. I was shocked. I thought that Gabby Douglas was from America. Bob Costas told us otherwise. He explained to us that little African American girls from across the nation of African-America will be inspired by Gabby Douglas’s gold medal win. I guess that little Caucasian girls --or boys for that matter-- are not allowed to take pride in Gabby Douglas’s accomplishment. That is when I realized that Gabby Douglas was not representing my country; she was representing a sub-culture known by Bob Costas and others (Barack Obama) as African-America. I was rooting on the wrong country all along. I guess that --according to Bob Costas-- I should only be rooting for the Caucasian athletes from the United States. Those are the athletes that will inspire little Caucasian boys and girls.

Bob Costas praising African America representative Gabby Douglas

Who should Caucasian Americans root for?

It gets a little complicated for us Caucasian Americans when a representative from African-America goes up against a Caucasian representative from Great Britain for instance. I guess that Caucasian Americans should root for the Caucasian representative right? I mean, I want my people to be inspired by his performance not those from a foreign culture? Not the people of some mysterious nation located within America’s borders. Track and field could get messy for us. Caucasian-America will not have many representatives in that sport. We do dominate in swimming though. So maybe Bob Costas will point out how little white boys will be inspired by Michael Phelps. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that one. If Costas made that statement he would be apologizing for it the next day, and his days covering NBC sports would likely be over!

A commercial offends more people than our nation divided

Anyway, let’s hope that the politicians and media can keep on dividing our nation further. The most important thing for us to do is to keep our mouths shut and pretend like it never happened. It is wise to keep your mouth shut to avoid trouble with your employer on anything that has to do with race. If we keep our mouths shut on anything that has to do with race, we won’t be called racists. Caucasians just need to keep our mouths shut and celebrate the heritage of every race except for the races that white people happen to belong to. After all America is a melting pot, they told us all that story in school. The fractures and divisions in America's culture supposedly make us stronger, so we should embrace them right? We are always to be considered equally American…. unless of course someone of non European heritage excels. Then that person is no longer an American, that person will become a hyphenated American.

Here is the icing on the cake. I was looking for the Bob Costas clip to embed with this hub and guess what the outrage is concerning NBC’s coverage of Gabby Douglas winning the gold for African America? It is not that Costas divided America in order to give praise to the nation of African America. It is that there was a commercial of a monkey doing Gymnastics after his racist commentary. I guess that NBC didn’t get the memo that using a monkey in a commercial is racist. It is pretty pitiful that people in our nation are so brainwashed and cowed into the acceptability of our divided nation that the majority of us are more offended by a monkey doing gymnastics than NBC's Bob Costas pointing out the race of our Olympic representatives. Way to ruin a good moment in American history NBC. Let's keep that racial tension high.

John Wayne explains the problem that Bob Costas doesn't get concerning African-America

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I didn't see that last night. It was horrible. We watched her when she got the gold medal. I kept saying, I could never bend that way. What he said was stupid and racist, but the commercial makes me sick to my stomach. Why would they even have a commercial like that in the first place?

Great hub, Voted up.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment Michele. She is a great gymnast.


rickylicea 4 years ago

Dividing the country into groups is a horrible idea. It follows logically that if your part of group X, then you should look out for group X, and not those other Ys.

But if it shall be done, whites should also be able to participate, and say how proud they are of their accomplishments, and whatnot.

A related sports story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl26EU2zkH0


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Rickylicea and for the relevant link.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Bob Costas is an idiot and always has been. Thus, he really doesn't deserve much of my time or effort.

Nice job!


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I agree with your opinion on Costas. Thank you for reading and commenting Billybuc


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Yes, way to go NBC. I did not see all that, but it sounds so typical.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment RTalloni. NBC brought their A-game


Chasuk 4 years ago

I understand your point, but I think this situation is more nuanced than that.

Little white girls don't feel like lesser humans because of their whiteness. They are raised with the subconscious belief that they were born on a winning team. [They might might feel lesser because of their sex, but that is a separate issue.] Further, all of the little white girls who aspire to gymnastic glory have role models that look like them.

Gabby Douglas gives little black girls -- raised with the subconscious belief that they were born on a losing team -- a role model who looks just like them. This gives Gabby's win extra importance.

Think of the TV series Glee.

Glee has gay kids, black kids, and fat kids, all depicted in a positive way, as supremely talented, as winners. It is an important show, regardless of your liking or disliking of it. It is important because it provides gay kids, black kids, fat kids, and even handicapped kids with inspiring role models. If you don't think that this is important, talk to the kids who are inspired by the show. I have, and it means a lot to them.

On the other hand, I'm not fond of the term "African-American." It does perpetuate an artificial divide. However, it was a term that many blacks formerly chose for themselves, and maybe Costas came from that generation. I'm disappointed in Costas, but I do understand his cluelessness. A certain level of cluelessness is generational. That isn't an excuse, but it is an explanation.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment Chasuk.


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

When I watched Team USA win the team gold in women's gymnastics, I thought it was so fantastic that our team reflected our diversity. Most of us take it for granted. Bob Costa's comment was kind of an afterthought.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment Cassie.


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Keshabrown 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Great post! I pray that Gabbie's accomplishment has inspired all American children to strive and achieve their goals. As adults, we can take a look at how young people today view one another; as people, that's it. The young don't see a color, just an individual. We all can learn more from the Gabbies of the world and less from the Costas of the world. We are The UNITED States of America!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I've been watching and rooting for Gabby. I watched her life story on CNN and was so inspired by her dedication. Thank you..Great article..


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thank you for your comment and compliment Keshabrown.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I haven't seen her story, but I am sure that it is impressive. Thank you for reading and commenting Always exploring


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Costas needs to retire, his remarks are reflective of an older generation of stereotypical thinking. Sorry this tarnished Gabby's victory, but she is a true champion regardless!


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

If Costas was gone then they would just get another talking head to replace him. Gabby's victory isn't tarnished, just the reputation of the media, Costas, and NBC. Gabby was just an innocent bystander. Thanks for the comment teaches12345


bbcv 4 years ago

Costas is a joke. Clueless in London--another made for network movie that NBC will not be showing anytime soon


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

agreed, thanks for the comment BBCV


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blaise25 4 years ago from close to you...

Costas didn't win any gold lol cheers to Gabby!


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment Blaise25. Gooooo Gabby, costas will be forgotten.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Who cares about what Costas has to say about anything. He's a nobody. Just like The View women and all the other jerks that are on tv. That little girl deserved that medal for all the hard work she has been through and she won it for America. Look how they made nasty remarks about her hair, just ridiculous. News media started that too. Voted Up on your hub.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I don't get the whole hair thing. Talk about making something out of nothing. The media is full of old vultures with no class.

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