Here’s an idea: how about we drop the swooning, astonished gasping about the near-daily historic black firsts and just celebrate hard-earned human accomplishment?
For some reason, the media loves to tout the historic “firsts” of black people as if it were the 1920s or even the 1960s. Pretty much any day of any week, you will find a new black “first” that they share as if it actually mattered in any way at all in 2022 and as if it weren’t completely insulting to the black person whose accomplishment is overshadowed by the only thing the media cares about: skin color.
So I wasn’t surprised to see headlines of the historic ‘first’ black skeleton Olympian. Another day, another black first . . . it’s almost like race doesn’t stop one from being successful in this country.
But one thing did strike me as odd. Where is her face?
Kelly Curtis is the first Black athlete, man or woman, to represent the U.S. at the Olympics in skeleton, a heart-racing, adrenaline-fueled event where a single racer flies face first down a frozen track. https://t.co/xVAb2mIFyq
— NPR (@NPR) February 10, 2022
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 10, 2022
— News12NJ (@News12NJ) February 12, 2022
I could pull these all day, but you get the picture.
This is a great accomplishment for any athlete. Including a black female one—not that it’s mentioned except in passing that she’s female because only skin color matters now.
In fact, as it turns out, Kelly Curtis, USA skeleton Olympian, has a skin color the racialized media finds . . . problematic; therefore, outlets across the nation decided to show her in her skin-hiding Olympic gear in their glowing stories about (yet another) black “first.”
This media virtue signalling dance is so patently ridiculous. Do they actually believe that her skin color (or lack thereof) had any bearing at all on her amazing accomplishment? Are they so basted in bias that they find it hard to believe a black person can do, much less succeed at, anything? Here’s an idea: how about we drop the swooning, astonished gasping about the near-daily historic black firsts and just celebrate hard-earned human accomplishment?DONATE
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