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 Love is a good thing and it does NOT follow some outdated fear/hatred of people who happen to be a different shade of color than what we're used to.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.