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This blog was inspired by an article I read concerning Usain Bolt and his apparent love of white women.  For those who are unfamiliar with the story, here's a link:  http://tinyurl.com/7zzjrlx  The story goes on to discuss Bolt's "White Woman Complex" and the effect it's having on his homeland of Jamaica.

Just a quick recap; Bolt is in a "very serious" relationship with a woman named Lubica Slovak, a Slovakian-born Canadian emigrant.  (off topic, but I read somewhere that it's funny that the couple features a sprinter named Bolt and a Slovakian woman named Slovak; I agree..  it's funny!)  Nothing wrong so far, right?

Wrong.  A flurry of social media backlash ensued after a picture was posted online depicting Bolt and his girl mid-smooch.  Here's the pic:

Nothing wrong with that picture at all, if you ask me.  Every one of us has a similar photo depicting a romantic moment betwen ourself and our loved one.  So what's the major issue?  The girl is the wrong color.  The following are excerpts from Jamiacan social media users: 

Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?

Another one of our men snatched.

Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny.

These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.

This is bogus.  These people are pushing racist agendas.  Bolt can date whoever the heck he wants.  Matter of fact, interracial relations are the best way to improve race relations, in my opinion.  Nothing better to change your racist attitude then all of a sudden having a new in-law who happens to be a different color, or being blessed with differently colored grandkids.  It gives folks an opportunity to see people of a different race and realize that we're all the same on the inside; we're all just people with similar dreams and goals and there isn't ANY reason to hate/fear someone based off the color of their skin.

I'm disappointed in the backlash Bolt is facing, but I hope he follows his heart instead of his countrys' racially motivated interference. 

Like Bolt's girlfriend said, "Love has no race.  It's a heart to heart connection".  I could not agree with her more.  She hit the nail on the head.  Love is a good thing and it does NOT follow some outdated fear/hatred of people who happen to be a different shade of color than what we're used to.

Kudos to Bolt for so far following his heart, and I hope for their sake that their love continues.  And let's all of us work on letting our prejudices go.  We can make the world a better place by giving up our hatred and fear and replacing them with love and acceptance.

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July 1, 2012  12:04 PM ET

My GF's family doesn't seem to mind that I'm a "snowbunny"... But they aren't very impressed with my lack of Catholocism.

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July 1, 2012  11:47 PM ET
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Are you dating a Hispanic girl?

Don't tell his wife!!!

July 1, 2012  11:48 PM ET

I thought the two broke up months ago after the backlash? Racism in sports is a lot worse in soccer, particularly in Spain, Italy, and Russia. Things have settled down with the FIFA campaigns against racism, but it is still something that won't evaporate anytime soon.

July 1, 2012  11:52 PM ET

Whether it's interracial heterosexual relationships or same-sex relationships of any stripe, I don't know why anyone cares about someone else's romantic life. If it doesn't involve you, it isn't your business. Here is the universe of people whose romantic lives are of interest to me.

- Me
- My wife (and that it be the same as mine)
- My daughters (that none of them have one)

Other than that, I really just don't care so long as it is consentual (and all participants are old enough to have the capacity to consent).

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July 2, 2012  09:43 AM ET

You have to look at this from a nationalistic pride issue too. And I promise you, the author of the story is not alone. The Jamaican people are very proud of their heritage and their culture. It's a sad thing too. Seems to me that we should be able to love who we want. I'd feel the same way if Bolt came out as gay. Who cares? When everyone starts accepting people for how they are, and now how we expect or want them to be, the world might actually get along.

July 2, 2012  12:43 PM ET
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I gotta think its how people are raised more than anything.My question is this:Could you imagine Outlaw bringing a black chick home? He'd be disowned on the spot.

That begs the follow-up question: Could you imagine Outlaw bringing a black guy home?
He'd be disowned on the spot and shot...and not necessarily in that order.

July 2, 2012  12:45 PM ET
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Whether it's interracial heterosexual relationships or same-sex relationships of any stripe, I don't know why anyone cares about someone else's romantic life. If it doesn't involve you, it isn't your business. Here is the universe of people whose romantic lives are of interest to me.- Me- My wife (and that it be the same as mine)- My daughters (that none of them have one)Other than that, I really just don't care so long as it is consentual (and all participants are old enough to have the capacity to consent).

<insert williewilliejuan pro-incest joke here>

July 2, 2012  12:46 PM ET
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Are you dating a Hispanic girl?

If you call getting plates thrown at you whenever there's a minor disagreement "dating", then si.

July 2, 2012  12:46 PM ET
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You have to look at this from a nationalistic pride issue too. And I promise you, the author of the story is not alone. The Jamaican people are very proud of their heritage and their culture. It's a sad thing too. Seems to me that we should be able to love who we want. I'd feel the same way if Bolt came out as gay. Who cares? When everyone starts accepting people for how they are, and now how we expect or want them to be, the world might actually get along.

Amen.

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July 2, 2012  12:54 PM ET
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Oh just wait. You ain't seen nothin' yet

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July 2, 2012  09:07 PM ET
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<insert williewilliejuan pro-incest joke here>

What two consenting Kentucky siblings over the age of 18 do in the comforts of their doublewide is of no interest to me.

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