Why are we not being celebrated?
We were all so proud of 16-year-old Gabby Douglas as she lead the United States Women’s Gymnastics team to win gold yesterday [July 31] during the London Olympics.
Tweets, headlines, text messages! Everyone was beyond excited for this young woman of color who dominated her sport. The sport she has loved for many years.
This morning [August 1], I was baffled by the mention of Douglas being omitted from, The Washington Post publication, The Express Night Out, that was printed this morning congratulating Team USA on their incredible win.
A picture of Express Night Out’s article was tweeted and Gabby’s name was not mentioned and the publication chose to use a picture that did NOT include Gabby. Oh wait, Gabby was in the picture but in the background.
Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney are photographed and praised but why not Gabby?
@theJazzyBelle took to Twitter and expressed how she and many people must feel after seeing this young girl, who proved herself, not be acknowledged.
@ExpressNightOut….Care to explain why you chose to use a picture of the Women’s Team that OMITTED GABBY DOUGLAS? Someone is missing. There isn’t even a mention of Gabby Douglas’ name in the article. Seriously, @ExpressNightOut..How dare you @WashingtonPost and @ExpressNightOut ??? How can you celebrate a team without acknowledging a crucial member? And why Gabby??? I’m sure Metro DC will let @ExpressNightOut and The @WashingtonPost know that we do NOT appreciate the glaring omission of Gabby Douglas. No way you can convince me that this isn’t BLATANT, INTENTIONAL discrimination. I’m disgusted. Are OUR daughters not to be celebrated???
This is disgusting and heartbreaking. Even after dominating her sport, Gabby is left in the shadows. Express Night Out & The Washington Post, how do you explain such foolery?