8.04.2012

Calling on POC 'Round the World: Please Take Over These Sports

...Just 'cause.

So the whole Olympic buzz has got me wandering through YouTube like a nomad, noticing people and events I hadn't before.

First, I started paying more attention to Acrobatics:


Then, I rediscovered rhythmic gymnastics, all the while scratching my head as to why this isn't a more popular sport.



After a while, for reasons I still couldn't tell you, I bothered to check the comments.


Just imagine what would happen if more WoC got a hold of these sports.

So, ladies of color 'round the world, study these videos and pass them on.  Favorite them, like them, repost them, and spread the word.  Talk your daughters and nieces and little cousins into taking up these sports.  Encourage them, invest in them, stay on them.

...Just 'cause.

20 comments:

  1. Thank God indeed.

    WOC would dominate if they ever entered this sport. That is what that racist is afraid of...competition. Cultures that create breakdancing, capoeira... I thought of indigenous hoop dancing watching that woman. WOC could excell if they took it on.

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  2. Oh, Ankh! Rhythmic Gymnastics is still an Olympic event! :D Here's the schedule: http://www.london2012.com/gymnastics-rhythmic/

    You made my heart skip, thinking they got rid of it. ^^;

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    1. Thanks for the correction. There's so much skill and discipline in this sport. It's utterly mesmerizing to watch.

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  3. Just for that turd's remark, I hope there will be a FLOOD of WOC and POC competitors in all those 'beautiful' sports. Just watching them get gold and knowing that s/he's somewhere choking on haterade would warm my heart greatly. >=)

    Think I'll track down Mr. Nishida's email, and link him. Not to mention Facebook the tripe out of these vids.

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    1. Amen. Just 'cause. Just 'cause of that douche statement, I hope POC just step in and take over.

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  4. Although I find that comment offensive, awful and all. I DO wonder why POC always wait for whites to create a sport or whatever and then try to take it over it instead of creating their own sports and activities?? Don't get me wrong I absolutely agree that we should get involved in these sports but why stifle our creativity and innovativeness because we're so concerned about theirs?

    Lauryn Hill- "..you can't create you just wait to take" I don't want 'this' to be us. I want us to lead in innovation too, ya know?

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    1. We do create. We've been creating, and white folks have no problem snagging, remaking, and whitewashing, and then claiming absolute credit for whatever we create. From art to music to fashion to dance and - where Asia in particular is concerned - film, POC most assuredly create and dominate. That's not even an issue.

      Because whenever you do enough research, you find that many white "creations" are rooted in the creations of POC. I don't look at rhythm gymnastics and see a "white" sport. I see elements of various indigenous dances from round the world, not to mention acrobatic elements borrowed from China most likely (I mean, is it any wonder that Eastern Europeans are so prevalent in these games?)

      In Zhang Yimou's "House of Flying Daggers", example, Zhang Ziyi got so show off her skills in ethnic dance. See anything familiar?

      Or even capoeira, a popular Afro-Brazilian dance/martial art form. Again, see anything familiar?

      Rhythm gymnastics involves dancing with clubs. Remind anyone of anything?

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    2. Co-signing Ankhesen Mie on this - POC have created a hell of a lot of stuff on this earth - music, dance, sports, art, crafts. Anyone who reads up on history and current affairs that hasn't been white-washed will know that. I was very into science as a kid and had a lot of role models including several POC, so I always find it confusing when black kids (as an example) say they don't have role models in the fields they like. Go online and search! Go to a library and search! And spend time on websites like this one :)

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  5. If I was a millionaire I would definitely sponsor black girls to do this. I have watched sports that black really don't pay attention to since I was a girl. I always wanted to see more black countries participate in Gymnastics, Ballroom Dancing, Fencing, Rowing, and figure skating. We could really give folks a run for their money.

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  6. There may be cultural reasons for why POC, especially in poorer countries may not jump at the chance to participate in this sport. It takes a team of singular focused attention on a single child: a parent who recognizes and acts on the talent, a facility where skills can even be developed, a coach to properly train, sponsorships to pay for the pursuit and competition. It's inconceivable to many third-world folks to lavish this attention on just one person, particularly on a child. Especially a girl child. Where many families wouldn't hesitate as much for their boys to become the next soccer or track superstar, a girl is often held back to serve domestic duties for the household. In my particular case, it was my family's combination of lack of resources, sexism, and the residual colonialist shame of our African body type being "wrong" for doing anything graceful and beautiful.

    I was a little black girl who yearned so very badly to do these kinds of sports: baton, majorette, gymnastics, ballet that I saw on tv. The first impediment was that my family didn't have the money, the second was that my parents also brought their cultural mindset with them to the USA. I don't know if it was just them, or the collective belief of their ethnic community, but I was told that my body wasn't elegant and delicate like those white girls out there, so I needed to shelve that dream and do my chores because moving gracefully and posing my body beautifully was out of the realm of possibility for us. They actively discouraged me from staying too long in activities outside the home beyond going to school and they were thoroughly disinterested in investing the amount of individual attention required because their measure of my worth was tied to what I could do within the home.

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    1. I'm well aware of the cultural reasons; I myself should've been gymnast and hounded my dad as a kid to get me enrolled. Nope. Didn't happen.

      the residual colonialist shame of our African body type being "wrong" for doing anything graceful and beautiful.

      Thank you for bringing this up. This is a very important issue; that exact colonial mentality is echoed through the comment pictured above.

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    2. @I Am The Crafts Lady
      Reading your comment made me sad and peeved at once that I almost teared up. Why are black girls stripped of so much? Stripped of any hope of self-actualization in such a way. Why is our personhood and womanhood so challenged? So disheartening that even our "own" lack so much faith in our abilities. Ugh!

      Ankhesen Mie & AlexRaventhorne, you're right. I should research more and I'm not "aware" enough regarding the influence POC have on many white dominated activities for lack of a better word?

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    3. IMHO, the key word here is "poorer countries", or just simply "poor". That is the reason that a lot of countries with a majority Black population cannot participate in these kinds of elite sports. It is also the reason why when you look at the South African Olympics team, it is hard to see a Black face. Simply put it is poverty, if everyone had the same resource and time, participation from WOC from the global South would skyrocket.

      Yes even despite "cultural reasons". Speaking as an African girl child whose mother would not let her ride a bike because it was "unladylike", I had many opportunities to learn ballet for example since primary school. They brought in a French lady to teach us ballet, and a whole lot of girls signed up for classes even though interest was short-lived. Nevertheless it was there. In secondary school, we had the chance to learn martial arts. I had friends who would travel to France and other parts of Europe as part of a teenage summer camp, my mother never let me do that though. Today, a simple trip to the Korean cultural centre can have you signed up for taekwondo.

      But note that the only people who have access to these privileges are/were those who have money. They are rich and wealthy, some more so than others. IDEK, but in Nigeria the rich tend to get away with doing anything regardless of any excuses on cultural reasons. And I've seen that the less money one has the more conservative one tends to be.

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    1. Maybe I shouldnt have but I responded. I hope POC flood that sport and dominate. If you know you are so superior then why are you so afraid of competition? Maybe because you know that POC will be deadly. It is like they really cannot deal with a reality where they are not the best.

      Sorry but people like that really piss me off.

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  8. By the way, check out this Black rhythmic gymnast from Brazil, Wania Monteiro. She was at Beijing in 2008.

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  9. Quite ot, but is anyone watching track right now? I'm loving the Jamaicans atm; they gloat like none else. (though to be fair, our american POC do it well too)It's so hilarious to watch. I told my mom that Usain Bolt needs to needs to record what he said after the relay, put a beat on it, and sell some albums. lol

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