It seems quickly forgotten that it is the opportunity to succeed that has been a wrench in more African American's achieving some skills and or triumphs due only to the established set of gateways cheated many areas of predominately black neighborhoods such as schools that do not have gyms equipped with nothing more than a basketball court, no music or art curriculum and or not even a science lab to dissect a frog.
When I was in high school, and I went to a "good" mixed school, the orchestra band was cut from the budget for the following year from what I heard later was forever. I remember their being several students whose dream was to be a symphony musician and or to work for many of the well established Broadway houses in the orchestra. Some of the dreams of these young adults would be cut for even entering into a great conservatory or college like Juilliard because they were a freshman or sophomore who would not have the direction of daily professional musical training any more. Imagine how many possible music scholars were lost in those 4 years because of the lack of a music department if they did not have the opportunity to transfer to a school that would give them opportunity to succeed because they were given the same opportunity to achieve as all others in their field.
Gabby Douglas is an experiment. Think about that on a very deep level for a moment. Stop forgetting that it is not an exception when a black person achieves a feat that normally is seen in the media as being out of character to for a black person to do. There is no such thing. It is opportunity that makes a difference for anyone to obtain their dream. The perseverance will be sort by anyone who has a goal and is given access to create a plan that will allow them to succeed under the main event of having opportunity. Gaby's opportunity however did allow America and the world witness another feat capable of an African American because she had the opportunity to be what she wanted to be and get the necessary training she needed to pursue her goals without interruption.
Gabby Douglas Experiment I
© 2012 Sharon L. West- 2008-2012 MightyDreamer Publishing, Inc.