The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad
Davis walks his talk with gold in 1,000 meters
Cheek takes second; Hedrick fails to medal in quest for second gold
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TURIN, Italy - Say what you want about Shani Davis. Call him a trailblazer. Accuse him of selfishness. Snicker at him for being a momma’s boy.
Just don’t forget this: He’s also an Olympic champion. The statement “FIRST BLACK” comes into play once again as if being Black is a handicap. When I hear that term today I must admit my feelings have changed form how I felt in the sixties. In the sixties the term was used as a wiping strap beating me into believing that for Black people being able to brake into certain fields was an impossibility because of some inferior flaw in my genes. So when a Black person broke through it was a exceptional achievement.
Now when I hear this statement I have emotions of antagonism from the fact that today in this day and age we still have to endure the same debasing measuring tool. Instead of feeling inferior, I now understand that braking into certain fields in which we have not shown our prominence, is because we were not given equal opportunity. Shani Davis’s long and hard road to the Olympic top podium, shows that the struggle is still true today as it was in the sixties and scores before.
Davis’ mother, Cherie, has a long-running feud with the folks at U.S. Speed skating, believing they worked against her only child when he was younger because of the color of his skin. The organization says that’s not so, but Davis doesn’t train with the national program, frequently complains about a lack of marketing opportunities and gladly lets his mother fight his battles. This gives him the title of “Mammas Boy.” I ask you how many male amateur athletes are helped by their mothers and don’t get that title?
I am reminded of the protest waged by the athletes in the most popular medal ceremony of all time. The photographs of two Black American sprinters standing on the medal podium with heads bowed and fists raised at the Mexico City Games in 1968 not only represent one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history but a milestone in America's civil rights movement. Civil Disobedience!
We are on the move for our liberation. we're tired of trying to prove things to white people. We are tired of trying to explain to white people that we're not going to hurt them. We are concerned with getting the things we want, the things we have to have to be able to function. The question is, Will white people overcome their racism and allow for that to happen in this country? If not, we have no choice but to say very clearly, "Move on over, or we're going to move over you." by Stokely Carmichael
NEW YORK, NEW
YORK -- Short track speed skater Shani Davis carries the tremendous honor of
being a black man representing his country, while composing himself, and
remaining composed, through incidents that may or may not have something to do
with the color of his skin. He has felt the cold chill of isolation over the
years. His intelligence and ability has been called into question many times.
Comments from peers have cut like a knife, leaving Davis to ponder the
rhetorical question blacks in America have been asking when it comes to racial
issues: is it me or is it them?
NBC with it infinite wisdom later enforced the mindset of using a spade to handle a spade by having a reporter (Black male), to question Shani. I have not seen this reporter prior to this interview with Shani. Out of the dankness of their diversity program came this critter to be the familiar hommie to interview Shani. Again I am reminded of the sixties. We surely have not achieved equality in the Greatest Nation. I have not heard the statement "The First Asian American" or the "First Russian American"
Finally, he smiled and waved to
the crowd, picking up a stuffed bear that a fan tossed on the ice. As he came to
the other end of the rink, Davis found Wennemars waiting. The friendly rivals
gave each other a big hug in front of the orange-clad, predominantly Dutch
crowd, prompting the biggest cheer of the night.
“I’m one of a kind,” Davis said, fully aware of how much he stands out in the mostly white sport. “I’m a different type of person. I have a different charisma. A lot of people don’t understand me.”