Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"American Gay grabs gold in 100 meters at Worlds." This was one of the headlines on ESPN.com on Sunday. I clicked on the title expecting to see a picture of Carson from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy breaking the tape, arms outstretched and sunglasses only slightly askew. Unfortunately, it was just an article about some runner whose last name is Gay. What a bummer. The sad thing is that this probably would be headline were a male athlete brave enough to tell the world that he fancies other men while he is still actively competing and strong enough to surmount the resulting scrutiny and still have major success. It is predictable. It's been the same way for every Black athlete lucky enough to be the first Black athlete to have success in his chosen sport. It's only in the last ten years or so that fringe and country club sports have been infiltrated (or re-infiltrated) by non-whites. The true revelation will be when a headline like Sunday's ESPN.com headline isn't a head turner.