But What About the Brown Girls?

On the Black Girls Club we really love our Black female athletes, especially the artistic gymnasts.  One reason we love them so, I think, is that whenever people think of gymnastics, they often think of white people (take your pick of a country) vs. the Chinese, and the Chinese gymnasts are always being accused of cheating in some way.

Meanwhile, no one really talks about, say, the Mexicans:

or the East Indians:

nor the Sri Lankans:

and you can just forget about anyone even mentioning the South Africans:

Really?  Seriously?  What about the brown girls?!??


  1. This is why this site (and all of your sites, really) are awesome.You give shine to all of our sisters of color!

  2. Judging by the lack of recognition that they receive from the sporting community, you would have thought that they didn't exist. My cheers go out to them all.

    1. For real. I stumbled across half of these by accident. The others took some serious research jut to learn their names.

  3. Oh my goddess! I love this post! I love gymnastics too! YAY for women of color athletes!

    I ran cross country and track in high school and college. I had one other Native American buddy who was a competitor. She was actually one of the best runners in the state of MI at the time.

    Maybe do a track and field post next? Here is an article on Navajo runner Alvina Begay -- http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/navajo-runner-alvina-begay-qualifies-for-us-olympic-trials.html

    1. You're an athlete? Kick ass!

      I'm really into female athletes right now, so send me more links! Brown girls need promotion.

    2. Yes I am an athlete! Still a hard core runner! Fast too! :)

      A reflection post I wrote last year - http://www.anishinaabekwe.com/2011/09/reflections-on-running.html

      There are tons of amazing women of color long distance athletes. Here are some links...

      Lornah Kiplagat - http://www.lornah.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=59&Itemid=27

      Desiree Davila - http://www.usatf.org/Athlete-Bios/Desiree-%28Desi%29-Davila.aspx

      Alvina Begay - http://niken7.com/n7-ambassador/alvina-begay

      Wang Junxia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Junxia

      Gete Wami - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gete_Wami

      Mestawet Tufa - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestawet_Tufa

      Yoko Shibui - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Shibui

      Naoko Takahashi - http://linkoln.tripod.com/nt.html

      Catherine Ndereba - http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1819129_1819134_1825760,00.html

    3. Damn...all these names I've never heard of before. Wanna do a guest post?

  4. What really kills me is how good some of them are, yet they get NO credit, no press, no anything.

  5. Is it just me or is the height that the South African gymnast hits with her flips just short of amazing? I don't think I normally see people so high off the ground when they do that.

  6. Girl, that'd be too much like right.

  7. Digital Coyote7/11/12, 11:08 PM

    This is one of the reasons I enjoy the Olympics: I get to see people like me (PoC) white people are invested in pretending are unicorns (e.g. don't exist). I keep up with them after the games are over, too. If I ever have kids, I want to have examples that I can point to when I say "We do this. Don't be afraid to try it." My father wasn't successful (basketball and I don't mix; it bores me), but when I said I was too short he dropped Spudd Webb and Mugsy Bogues on me with a quickness. When I caught the hockey bug? Theo Fleury. It helps a lot when you can relate, especially when our athletic ability as PoC is simultaneously used to laud and hamstring us in the mainstream.

  8. YAY!!! I am so looking forward to the London Olympics. It's great to see so many POC girls kicking but! Gymnastics has always been my favorite event of the games. I'll be looking out for little Gabby Douglas who has recently qualified for the U.S. Gymnastics Team. A black girl has not won an Olympic medal for an individual event in Gymnastics since Dominique Dawes in 1996. Come on July 27th! :-)

    1. We adore Gabby at TBGC. We post her vids on our Facebook all the time.


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