Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gabby Douglas featured in a Ted Talk

I was watching a Ted X Talk video posted by a friend about race when Dr. James Peterson brought up Gabby Douglas as an exemplar of what he calls an "All Black Everything Moment." (You should watch the whole thing, but Douglas is mentioned around 5:10.)

Gym fans, I know--he gets some of his facts wrong. Douglas won two, not three gold medals. And she's from Virginia, not Marlyand. But these errors don't blunt his overall point about African American success--namely that black success is achieved despite racism, not because of the absence of it. And this success can obscure suffering. 

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