I’m tired of black joy and black excellence being the only vengeance we’ve got.
Why I’m Not Watching The Olympic Games
Crystal A. deGregory, PhD

I’m tired of this dichotomy: Black excellence, or Black failure. Joy or misery, nothing in-between. A Black person is seen/ portrayed as either superhuman or subhuman — never just human. It’s like Black people can’t just live, can’t make mistakes and bumble around in the dark like everyone else, can’t be afraid and unsure without experiencing disproportionately harsh consequences. Success, excellence, ambition, achievement are all wonderful things — but in a sane world, they are not prerequisites for being human. A person should not have to excel in order to experience basic respect.

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