Do people realize the amount of skill, talent, agility, diligence, and excellence that it took for Douglas to achieve this feat? (Mind you, hair was not in the aforementioned list.) I’m sure it was by no means an easy feat, but when you see Douglas on the floor—she makes it seem as if it’s effortless. She glides through the air like it’s a natural thing—like it’s her second home. You cannot help but to root for her. You cannot help but to get emotional, as she’s beaten the odds. Douglas is out on the floor giving her all and the only thing people can utter are comments about her hair… I’m overcome!
‘”I don’t think people should be worried about that…We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.”‘
I am not my hair/I am not my skin/I am not your expectations (no)/I am not my hair/I am not my skin/I am the soul that lives within ~ “I Am Not My Hair,” from Testimony, Vol. 1: Life & Relationship (2006).
Gabby Douglas is more than her hair. She is a beautiful, intelligent, talented, and gifted young black woman who’s made history. But this is just the beginning of her story. She’s represented our race and our country so well at the Olympics. And if that isn’t enough—I guess nothing ever will be.