U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas wins gold; Bob Costas talks about race; viewers tweet rage over 'Flying Squirrel' nickname and monkey ad

The #NBCFail hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

As Americans of all races, colors, and creeds buzzed with excitement about gold medal-winning U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas’s amazing poise, artistry, and athleticism in the all-around competition on Thursday night, veteran NBC sports anchor Bob Costas rambled on about the 16-year-old athlete’s … race. She’s the fourth American woman and the first African-American gymnast to capture the title.

Some social media observers had choice words for Costas and his clumsy injection of social and political commentary:

And … let’s pile on more #NBCFail. Whose brilliant idea was it to run an ad featuring a monkey gymnast right after the Douglas triumph?


Like Costas, some viewers did get a bit carried away with racial hypersensitivity. When Costas referred to Douglas using her well-publicized childhood nickname — the “Flying Squirrel” — many uninformed Twitter users went ballistic:



Color us unsurprised by Costas’s sanctimony or by some of the P.C. silliness that greeted Douglas’s victory.

We prefer this viewer’s take:

  • Johnny Truthe


  • llcthecableguy

    I felt the same way– here I was, with my wife, watching this incredible athlete absolutely destroy her competition; never occurred to me to think “Hey, black” until Costas said that “it had to be said.” No it didn’t, Bob.

    • Robert M. Finklea

      Its just how the left operates. Always gotta remind people of someones color/race/creed.

      • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

        And why does it have to be ‘left’ and ‘right’, seems the ‘right’ is just as bad.

        • SonofHawg

          You’ve read the posts on here enough to know that most of the posters are on the right; yet you have to ask the question you did? They are saying that ability and hard work lead to success. Race does not have anything to do with it. Gabby is an example to all young people, especially girls. Not black girls, not white girls, not little purple girls; all girls. They are also noting that a black female succeeding because of her dedication and hard work is not surprising.

  • radjahshelduck

    Nothing new here, folks. Anybody remember a few years back the Super Bowl between the Bears and Colts? Lovie Smith coached the Bears; Tony Dungee coached the Colts. So no matter which team won, we’d have the first Super Bowl winning African-American head coach. That meant the media had the two weeks before the game to digest that, maybe talk about it a little bit ten days before the game, and move on. So what happened? The Colts won and in the postgame interview, I swear, the third question Dungee was asked was about being the first African-American Super Bowl winning head coach. I swear I was screaming at the TV, and not just because the Bears lost. Somebody help me; who was it doing that interview? I think it was Jim Nance.

  • http://twitter.com/clandaddy Sean L. Eubanks

    Where are the calls of dog whistle re that commercial, huh?

  • J.N. Ashby

    And there it is. That covert, passive-aggressive, patronizing form of racism that the left shows time and time again: giving special mention to race as though it were material to one’s accomplishment, as though the person in question were a child. “Good job, colored folk. I’m so proud of you.” Very condescending, though in this case, I don’t think Bob Costas is necessarily that kind of racist. I think he’s probably just a buffoon.

    • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

      Oh, come on. I suppose it was the’ right’
      that NBC really only wanted Jordan Weiber to win and not anyone else? Give me a break.

      • J.N. Ashby


      • Shari Rhodes

        I am so thrilled for Gabby that she won this, and I wouldn’t care if she was purple! Who cares what her race is; that is completely irrelevant! I can’t believe anyone with a heart could take a wonderful occasion like this and turn it into a source of offense and hurt. There’s nothing like pissing all over this wonderful young girl’s parade, is there????

    • joe

      I don’t see it as passive aggressive, but it definitely is a kind of racism practiced by the PC left. It’s a real awkward, race obsessed sort of condescending pandering. The real point here is for Costas to demonstrate that he isn’t a racist. I’m suspicious of people who seem to always need to prove they aren’t racist.

      Costas has always been like this though. I remember years ago listening to him on the radio when out of the blue he went into this bizarre segue about what a positive role model Deon Sanders was for “African-Americans”. He must’ve said the phrase “African-American” about 40 times in 30 seconds. It was painful.

      In another gaffe, Costas apparently referred to a non-American black athlete in the Olympics as an “African-American”. He’s got to lay off that word, or maybe he can just get a shirt that says “I am not a racist. African-American. African-American. African-American. African-American. I am not a racist. I am one of the good ones. African-American. African-American. Did I mention that I was on the Oprah Winfrey show? I love Oprah! I have all her albums. I like hip hop too. African-American.”

      • J.N. Ashby

        Hm..fair enough. I retract my statement that he’s “probably just a buffoon.”

    • Deborah McCabe

      He is a MORON. Color of skin, shape of eyes, texture of hair have NOTHING to do with being an American or exceptional athlete. I lived overseas a decade and even though they had endentured slaves, they have moved forward. Americans like Bob Costas prevent the evolving of our great nation. Most of our families didn’t even arrive to United States until the 19th/20th century. I am of Irish and Spanish descent. My Irish ancestors were taken from Ireland to be slaves and yet you NEVER hear the Irish dwelling…..Are Europeans more evolved?

      • J.N. Ashby

        They are not more evolved. Patronizing guilt is as rampant there as it is here, hence there are British people that feel that they should yield the Falklands to Argentina, though the people of the Falklands would rather remain British. To those people, John Galloway, for example, who call for “diplomacy,” “diplomacy” means giving the other side what they want, especially if you’re historically known for winning, regardless of the wishes of the inhabitants of the land in question.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    We watched the show and didn’t have to be treated to Costas’ buffonery. We had the volume off.

    Congratulations Gabby on a great performance!! USA, USA, USA!!

  • Patrick Creeden

    Her skin color didn’t aid her on the mat. The funny part in all of this is the one person to whom skin color isn’t an issue is Gabby douglas herself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ggranello Gregory A Granello

    Race, race, race. Who is not fed up with this crap?

    • Nonni1

      AMEN! I sure am!!!

    • Shari Rhodes

      I know I dang sure am! Don’t know how God can keep tolerating all the hurt people throw at each other. Good thing I’m not Him, cause I would have blasted this planet into smitherines by now and not regretted it for one instant.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VICRXMATFCKSRQJQD6LOCDKRQQ NormB

    She’s BLACK? Black? And here I am watching a colored TV and I don’t see race at all. Just a phenomenally dedicated, talented young woman who’s given her all to represent her self and her country. No black power salute or anything.

    Wonder what kind of TV liberals use?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ilene.bennett Ilene Bennett

      Obviously B/W.

      • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

        Well then, they wouldn’t have seen if she was black or white if the only had B/W tv.

    • Leslie Bowman


    • brianmouland

      Did realize hard work,being there on merit and superior physical ability had a race

  • lillymckim

    What is it with the State Run News NBC with the color of ones skin?
    Why can’t Gabby Douglas just be the best of the best a USA Gold Medal Olympic WINNER?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OEXN3WKE5DLBXWNIQIOGQOASEM john l Gill

    I though that Gabby was an american,like the other young ladies on her team.It takes nitwits like Costas to say things like that

  • rickg62

    First, are we really surprised that Costas would bring race into the discussion? The left really has no notion of a color-blind society. Now in NBC’s defense (am I really defending NBC?) I saw the ad with the chimp but as with most ads, I wasn’t paying that much attention and I had not thoughts at all of connecting it with Gabby. And last, I didn’t hear the reference to “flying squirrel”, but when they talked about how high she flew off the high bar and given her size, I thought of the same nickname and not in a derogatory way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tim.taylor.5030 Tim Taylor

      She’s a talented and totally awesome American. So proud of her. I think her team-mates gave her that nick-name because she can jump and vault so far. I saw the monkey ad thing…didn’t relale it to Gabby or any other USA gymnist. These posts are kinda bizarre and to me come off as trying to create issues where there really isn’t one. Costas has always been a dick-wad.

      • DJ

        Tim I have read all the post above and finally I get to yours. I agree with you 100%. I think the “flying Squirrel” nick name is great. I also saw the ad with the monkey and thought it was a great ad. Never thought anything of it. Something can always be seen when there’s nothing to see. Costas is who he is paid to be.

        • http://www.facebook.com/ajay.malick.73 Malick Ajay

          You 2 sound like Bob’ s relatives!

        • http://www.facebook.com/ajay.malick.73 Malick Ajay

          You 2 sound like Bob’ s relatives!

  • LM Shed

    2012 and the left is still keeping segregation alive and well… If we wish to end racism, pointing out skin color is not the way to go about it.

  • jm1946

    I cheered for the American gymnist to win, I thought that was the country she was representing all along. It’s time for the Liberal Media to get thier heads out of thier butts. Too bad they can’t see what the vast majority of this country sees when a fellow American excels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000932715141 Paul S. Brittain

    Gabby Douglas is a gifted and outstanding young woman who can inspire EVERYONE. There are no limits to age, race, creed, or even nationality when it comes to setting an example.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mommynomi2 Naomi Nomi Roy

    It IS her nickname! She says so herself!

  • 1911HeadBanger

    Libs love the Race Card in any situation. It’s part of their creed. Being racist without appearing racist. Imagine how this kid feels, busting her ass to train and win, then some Liberal Turd comes along and all he can say is Black, Black, Black. What a dumbass. Let the kid win and enjoy her time as a winner. She worked hard for it. I’m sure she could care less about the NAACP and the Lib turd views right now.

    • pepjrp

      Yea, the racist NAACP got hardons all over the place today!

  • Rollin Schwab

    Well I guess those Great White Sharks that are eating those BLACK SEALS are raciest! Come on folks lighten up..

  • Michael Stohler

    Bob, your an F-Tard! Can someone, anyone, explain to me how “Flying Squirrel” is racist??? Congratz Gabby and the rest of the Fab Five! Ooops, did I just make a racist comment too? It is impossible to tell what is going to be construed as racist today…


    Bob Costas is truly an inspiration to all the young white male aspiring journalists out there who hope someday to be able to embarrass themselves on an international stage.

    • Detah123

      Bob is not young. Don’t let that plastic manequin exterior fool ya.

  • http://twitter.com/AmericanNonna61 Proud Nonna

    WTF! She is an Olympic Gold Medalist! nothing else needs to be said. Bob Costas needs to know when to stop talking. Someone else should take his place now.

  • Darlene Dickson Paniccia

    Her race was a non-issue. Until Bob Costas made it an issue. And that is what these left-wing nuts do. Stir it up and do the backstroke trying to get out of it. This young girl was a pleasure to watch and I’m sure her race, colour or creed didn’t even occur to anyone. Most people were too busy being enthralled by her gymnastics. Way to go liberal nuts you took the pleasure and joy out of her gold. Things like this can unite those of all colours and races, but liberals want to do the opposite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sonja.hawn Sonja Hawn

    I did see an interview with Gabby Douglas a few days ago and she has already had that nickname for some time and she seemed ok with it. It is not deragatory, but a rather a compliment to her “flying through the air” ability. Bob Costas was putting too much emphasis on pointing out her skin color. DUH! Most people have color tv’s these days. Thanks for stating the obvious Mr. Costas! It is a non-issue and was unnecessary. My kids and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Olympics, particularly the gymnastics! Go Gabby and Go USA!

  • Miami_Son

    Poor Gabby, thinking she was simply a gymnast representing the U.S. in the Olympics. <—sarcasm

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilene.bennett Ilene Bennett

    It’s a shame when there is so much time for the announcer to prattle on about whatever. I sure do miss Jim McKay from ABC. The difference is so obvious, class vs crass.

  • toocoldinwa

    Squirrels represent black people? I never thought of it until it was brought up here, over and over again.

  • AFMomXs2

    For the love of pete !!! Does Bob not see how stupid he is for saying this ?? Did he go around saying “This is the 100th white girl to compete ?” when the other girls were on the floor. I wish black people would wake up and see the Liberal Media is only trying to drive a wedge between everyone, rich, poor, black , white, Asian, Mexican. What happened to being an AMERICAN PERIOD ?? How about chatting that her daddy serves his country in the Air Force ? And for those idiots who are offended by her nick name … you need to get a clue… that is the name her FRIENDS/FAMILY gave her. If they don’t mind why should you? 0

    • Dan Kern

      Thanks Anna. Well said. That’s the true America.

    • pepjrp

      No Costas would never mention anything about a persons ethnicity if he or she are European Americans. That is always omitted. We don’t get that honor or redundancy. Costas is better suited as a house-Caucasoid.

  • Anthony Isola

    I’m not sure that ‘flying squirrel’ is bad unless it’s a derogatory term that I know nothing about. As far as reminding us that she is African American, I could tell by the color of her skin that she had African ancestry in her. There are also white gold medalists whose ancestry I can’t tell. Those are the ones if anyone whose ancestry should be noted since they’re not easily identifiable if ancestry is important. Good job Gabby…you did great!! As an American, I am proud.

    • pepjrp

      But race baitor Costas somehow felt that we were all smart enough to know that Kayla Harrison who won the first ever Gold medal in Judo was a European American, so he leaves that out. Man he sucks!

  • bigal64

    NBC @savanahguthrie on Today had to let her know she was the Frist Africian Amercan to do this too!!! The left, who so admire MLK cannot seem to get past race …..It truly is amazing when I heard too! I just hope Obama scolds her and lets her know she did not do this on her own !!!!

    • pepjrp

      Costas and then the racist Today show are so bigoted and ignorant.

  • Armando
    • http://twitter.com/TeresaNelson5 Teresa Nelson

      She did so with dignity and respect for the entire USA gymnastics team. “These young women are so full of grace and poise”. Condi’s a class act. Costas is an a$$hat and I was stunned by the airing of that commercial right after he interjected his racist comment. The sad thing is, I can’t tell if he went off script, of if NBC approved of it beforehand.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dee.taylor.1654 Dee Taylor

    This is why racism exist, because of people like you Bob. Shame on you!

  • Dmacwired

    Count me in the number who thought Bob was out of line and made a complete fool of himself.

    Funny how time slows down when people make a spectacle of themselves and it gives others the time to say, “Please don’t”, over and over again.

    Someone tell Bob there’s no medal for being able to put one foot in your mouth while slipping and falling on your rear end with the other foot; it’s not even entertaining.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chuck-Petersen/615239752 Chuck Petersen

    Everything is race, gender, sex with libs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.matteson.12 Michael Matteson

    I could not believe Costa’s comment, yes Gabby is black, but she is all American, and she will inspire not only blacks but people of all colors, not only in the USA but the world. I am very proud of her and all the athletes in the Olympics what will Costa say if Cullen Jones wins the 50 meter can’t wait, or a white person winning the 100 meter dash in track and field

  • Dmacwired

    The flying squirrel nickname underscores the camaraderie and admiration of Gabby’s her peers.

    Congratulations on winning the Gold Gabby!

  • Dennis Jones

    I thought it was worthy of mentioning that she can be an inspiration to the girls in the African American community to become involved in gymnastics. I have been watching the Olympics for over 46 years and cannot remember ladies gymnastics being a sport in which african american girls usually compete. And the flying squirrel comment was actually very appropriate. She flies just like one…She is one of the best lady gymnasts I have ever seen. Reminds me on Nadia Comenici. You go Gabby!!!

    • DJ

      I agree. Our girls gymnastics teams are usually all white. So his comment is correct in saying it will inspire young african american girls. She will be called a pioneer one day. Something to be proud of!

  • Blase Belobrajdic

    My wife and I watched with awe the poise and power of Gabby…and we NEVER even thought of her as anything other than an Olympian representing the USA…which she did so well. Gabby captured the entire audience during the floor exercise and won the hearts of millions around the world. Then Bob dufus Costas chimes in with the race crap and ruined it…epic fail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/msilvahelena Helena Moreno

    In this age of XXI century a journalist talking about race? Is Bob still on the median age? I just can not believe a professional Journalist stand up for a race segregation…
    Tooooooo bad!
    Gabby Douglas, before being a proud black girl, she is a human being and should be treated will all due respect.

  • http://twitter.com/wagoncircler John Mullins

    Can’t she just be an American girl who won gold? Isn’t that what Dr. King was talking about? You know, “the content of their character rather than the color of their skin…”?

    • Daniel_Redding

      No, no, no, you silly goose! Race has everything to do with it. The left can’t let there be an absence of race. If that happens, how can they “protect” minorities? Race baiting and discrimination would be eradicated and thus they and their minions’ purpose would be moot. Could you imagine the insanity and chaos that would exist if people were actually judged by their character instead of their skin color?!?! That would be RACIST!
      The fact that the media portrays Obama as the first black president is proof-positive of that. He’s mixed-race, not black, not white.

  • Guest

    Looks like Bob Costas is NOT “better than that”. What a dumba$$.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin-Mars/1021563074 Justin Mars

    Leftist news media is the first to bring up a persons race. Why not leave her race out of it? It has nothing to do with what this young lady has done. Instead of looking at her as a black lady maybe you should look at her as just a young lady. Bringing up her race shows that people in the leftist media can not look past the color of a persons skin. It’s kind of hypocritical considering they claim everyone else is racist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darwin.g.price Darwin Gene Price

    It seems to me that some people are way too sensitive and look for ways to be hurt.
    I understand”flying squirrel” is her nick name and she is black so what’s the problem.
    She did USA real proud. She is probably not as offended as some of you commenting on this story. Get a life and give Bob Costas a break.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maliheh-Banoo/100001527498988 Maliheh Banoo

    Congratulations to the Gabby
    Douglas and the U.S. women’s gymnastic team for bring home the Gold. I
    haven’t witnessed so satisfying an Olympic team triumph since Barack
    Obama became our president.

  • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

    What color was the Japanese gymnast that won? Nobody told us. #nbcfail.

  • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

    What is it with all of these comments about ‘liberals’? It’s sickening to me. If a white gymnast won would everyone be screaming about the ‘conservatives’? Keep politics out of it please.

  • tp412

    really Bobo Costas ??? am sure gonna your gonna tell us,that you also got some black friends…

  • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

    With Gabby’s wonderful comment about giving all of the glory to God a ‘right’ comment people? Ugh, it seems the ‘righty’s’ just want to make ANYTHING political.

  • Diane Lodico Vulcan

    I guess i just never made the connection between the gabby douglas segment and the commercial. those are men’s still rings – not a women’s event – and i never thought of it as racist. I did not make any connection between gabby douglas and a monkey. whoever did, how stupid do you think people are?
    however, the remark made by bob costas that she is the first african american gymnast to earn a gold medal was just idiotic. i mean, these are the olympics – people of the world are all competing and winning – it’s fair and equal. why bring up color at all? why would that distinction matter at all?
    take note: we are so beyond that bob – get with it.
    and the flying squirrel? i mean – it’s a stupid metaphor – but i don’t think it’s any more racist than the”flying tomato” shaun white metaphor. squirrels are not african american nor are they black. no connection.
    but i do agree that bob costas is a stupid talking head.

  • http://twitter.com/tnaprince annieprince

    Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize this was a ‘liberal’ bashing website…grow up people!!

  • Ruthie Wilson

    They did not play his intro into what he said about this young lady. This is awful that people are pulling with this man said out of context. I beg you to watch the entire segue win regards to what he said fully, not just partially. Please view what he said for yourself and stop relying on others to provide you with accurate information.

  • DeepintheHeart

    Sick of NBC, period. Proud of the athletes of whatever race. Racism still exists because the left and race profiteers won’t let it die. They insist we care about the color of someone’s skin.

  • John Gallagher

    Wow – what condescending BS from that douche – he’s been all full of himself since that idiotic Sandusky interview.

    • pepjrp

      He’s been a race baitor for quite a while unfortunately.

  • brianmouland

    Obviously the ones whining about this are not fans of Bear Bryant or Tiger Woods

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cherie.Morgan45 Cherie Morgan

    About the “flying squirrel” comment, Bob Costas DIDN’T nickname her that. She had it before she ever got to the Olympics. Her peers and fellow gymnasts named her that because of the height she gets when performing on the uneven bars. My gosh people get your facts straight before you “fly” off the handle and show your own racism! Its quick judgment without knowing the whole story that starts so many terrible and tragic events in this country. Life is hard enough these days without people getting all riled up over misinformation and ignorance! Behave people!

  • porgiefirefighter

    Even some of us melanin challenged ‘merkins are really proud of Gabby

  • marine37

    I love sports and now I know why I turn the station every time Costas covers any sporting event. Complete asshole. You want to talk black Bob? I know Gabby would make a better President than the half breed we have in office now. You are a racist Bob and a very well paid one too. Typical liberal. They love to talk the “BLACK” angle. It makes them feel good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tamara.cross.10 Tamara Cross

    Wow. Bob saying than now all African-American little girls can look up to her….., Calling her a “flying squirrel….,” The monkey commercial right after all this…. In the year 2012? I mean, REALLY???

  • pepjrp

    Also after house-caucasian Costas make a dick of himself with that racially insensitive comment that offended many about Gabby, the douche then mentions Kayla Harrison as the first American to win the Gold in Judo. By his standard, was she not the first European American woman to do that Costas? I think your phony looking hair dye job is poisoning your tiny brain.

  • BillMcGonical

    I found it totally uncool for Boob Costas to mention that “Gabby Douglas was first African-American female gymnast…” Why divide America. Why divide Americans. Does this mean we have to start analyzing every gold medal winners’ heritage now? Also, this may have been NBC’s idea, not Costas. He may have just been following orders. By the way, get used to seeing Gabby Douglas’ face. It’s going to be everywhere for a while. (PS–she looks like a young Oprah.)

  • Kassandra Mae Woo

    I don’t really see what y’all have your panties in a bunch about? She is the first African American women to win that medal, I think that’s a great accomplishment for her. I don’t see how Bob saying that offends y’all. I’m not about race and could care less about a color, but seriously chill out. It’s really not a big deal, well it is now that y’all have caused an uproar. Seems like a productive activity should be in place of this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.plattiii.3 John Platt III

    All humans it appears came originally from Africa so says most DNA results, some European, but mostly Africa. Any person, any race owes thier life to Africa, the birth place of hominids. If I have African DNA, I am glad. I am proud of how the enslaved Africans, captured, killed, ripped out of thier tribes, clans, home lands, some even betrayed by thier own for money, all corrupted by the caucasions coming there, strive to continue and rebuild thier proud race. Yes, some cannot adapt to our caucasion society and resort to crime, gangs etc, but so do all other races here in America. It is the Africans and Latino, Mexican crime that is most covered by mainstream media, dividing us all into interpersonal secret racism. Like the Jewish, Hebrew race, they had been enslaved so long, back to ancient Egypt, they dont even know where thier original civilization was. WE ARE ALL RELATED! The only other theory is we were engineered by the ANNUNAKI from Summeria, as slaves to mine momnotomic gold to help the ANNUNKAKI seed thier dwindling Ozone atmospher on another planet. We have Darwinism, the – we have always been here, and the Summerian texts theories to explain our existance. So, to my point: every person in the world should be awe struck with Gabby’s extraordinary abilities, no matter if she is a USA citizen, or from the other side of the world. We each have to confront our individual bias’s dailt to become truly peaceful, within and with out, if we are ever going to achieve and maintain true love and peace. Freedom of speech is a hard fought for right. Live and let live, start with the person in the mirror, then confront racism everytime you witness it, embarass the person until they feel the shame. We have all been conditioned by our setting, families, religions etc. It is up to us to change and find our own identidy.

  • Trish Tawney Otto

    Don’t pull the race card because someone had a gaff. Gabby Douglas is a fabulous athlete and role model for all. Ignore the stupid comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajay.malick.73 Malick Ajay

    I am not white and I aint no black, but as a human and an American, I salute DOUGLAS on her accomplishments and bringing the USAGOLD home at her age. After the olympics no one would know who Bob Fuk-n-Costa is (I didn’t know he exist until today), but everyone will rememnber, the one and only, Gabby Douglas of USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajay.malick.73 Malick Ajay

    I am not white and I aint no black, but as a human and an American, I salute DOUGLAS on her accomplishments and bringing the USAGOLD home at her age. After the olympics no one would know who Bob Fuk-n-Costa is (I didn’t know he exist until today), but everyone will rememnber, the one and only, Gabby Douglas of USA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajay.malick.73 Malick Ajay

    I am not white and I aint no black, but as a human and an American, I salute DOUGLAS on her accomplishments and bringing the USAGOLD home at her age. After the olympics no one would know who Bob Fuk-n-Costa is (I didn’t know he exist until today), but everyone will rememnber, the one and only, Gabby Douglas of USA.

  • fretsward

    In 1798, Count Constantine stood at the Sphinx of Giza when the lips and nose were intact. During the French occupation of Egypt during the Napoleanonic campaign, the noses and lips were blown off removing the African features. He wrote: On
    seeing the head, typically Negron in all its features, I remembered the remarkable passages of Herodotus who said “the ancient Egyptians were true Negro of the same type as all native born Africans. Just to think that this race of black men are slaves and the object of scorn – the very race in which we owe our arts, sciences, and even the use of speech.”

    For most Americans, “African” immediately conjures up images of safaris, wild animals, famine, strangely dressed “tribesmen,” and warlords. Few think to question these perceptions or ask how they came to be so deeply lodged in the collective American consciousness. Whites who immigrate to the U.S. from South Africa are referred to as white Americans while blacks born in this country, and whose heritage goes back to the beginning of this nation are referred to as African Americans.

    Close your eyes and the actionable slurs could easily have come from those steeped in the art of unguarded psychobabble such as Leslie Stahl, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer,
    and the multitudes of ostentatious, university-think, and superficial out of touch plastic people that make up the duplicitous sinister cabal of laughed at mannequins. Bob Costas is nothing more than a ventriloquist. His argument is not one framed in Freudian psychoanalysis or one that fits neatly into subliminal marginalization of blacks by white liberal elites posing in their rarified studios with borrowed clothing, pancake makeup and diminishing ratings, but rather a suggestive psychoanalytic approach that knifes the black icon in the back to get a crossed leg up in the club. This is an attempt to assuage faux intelligence, incoherence, animosity, malice, enmity, and hallucinations. The snake-oil salesman whose squeaky pitch becomes the chalk on a blackboard improv, and his close dangles like the sword of Damocles.

    Cue the monkey gymnast.

    The onset of Jim Crow laws and vile customs anchored the racist characterization of black people as culturally, personally, and biologically inferior. This image functioned as the racial bedrock of American popular culture after 1900, especially manifested in minstrel shows, Vaudeville theatre, songs and music, film and radio, and commercial advertising. So pervasive was the racial demeaning of black people, and so accepted was it by white Americans throughout the nation, that blackness became synonymous with silliness, deprivation, and ignorance. Most white Americans believed that all Africans and their descendants were racially inferior to whites, and that their common inferiority tied them together wherever they might live anywhere in the modern world. One can peruse Yahoo News as an example to see that the great grandchildren of the nefarious have inherited the practice of image assassination.

    The enslavement of whites is all but erased historically. When white servitude is acknowledged as having existed in America, it is almost always termed as temporary indentured servitude or part of the trade of convicts. The convicts transported to America under the 1723 Waltham Act, numbered several hundred thousand. The indentured servants, who served several years polishing the master’s silver and china and then taking their place in colonial high society, were a minuscule fraction of the great unsung hundreds of thousands of white slaves who were worked to death in this country from the early 17th century onward. Up to one-half of all the arrivals in the American colonies were whites slaves and were America’s first slaves. Whites were slaves for life, long before blacks ever were. This slavery was even hereditary. White children born to slaves were enslaved also.

    The image of black people in the media focuses on outrageous depictions of individual blacks and their assumed cultural practices. Countless representations of impoverished blacks with ink-colored skin, large thick red lips, and bulging eyeballs appeared nearly everywhere in the public arena. Dozens of graphic artists and illustrators prospered as racial commercial artists by drawing such images to sell products and to illustrate show bills and magazines. Most prominent was Edward W. Kemble, whose racist illustrations were notorious in America and Europe. Perhaps, the most popular of all the Jim Crow industries by 1900 was the sheet music field, which made the derogatory word as part of everyday language. The black American Vaudeville performer and composer, Ernest Hogan, did more than anyone else, ironically, to popularize this so-called craze and racist characterization of blacks.

    And the images became products – racist dolls and Mammy-style metal banks flooded the consumer market as children’s toys. By 1900, so accepted was the popular concept of black inferiority that racist brand names began to appear – usually selling some aspect of blackness, such as ink or dye, or not long ago, the name of the Perry Ranch. This outpouring of images, performances, and music was supported by a largely racist highly romanticized literary tradition. The novels and writings of Joel Chandler Harris, especially his Uncle Remus tales, written from 1888 through 1906, looked back at the days of plantation slavery as a time of racial harmony in which happy and simple-minded blacks lived with respect and dignity as slaves.

    The first people in Britain were black people. The historical and literary traditions of Wales reflect these findings. According to Gwyn Jones (perhaps the world’s leading authority on the subject), to the Welsh chroniclers, the Danes coming in by way of England and the Norwegians by way of Ireland were pretty well all black: Black Gentiles, Black Norsemen, Black Host. There is the example, the legend of the mysterious African sea-rovers, the Fomorians, who had a stronghold on Torrey Island, off the Northwest Coast. The Fomorians, shrouded deep in mist, came to be regarded as the sinister forces in Irish mythology. The originals were called the Grimaldies. It was only three thousand years ago that white man became the dominant type in an African-owned Europe. Before that it was people who migrated from African.

    For more than 58,000 years Africans were the only Europeans. Europe was discovered and mapped by Africans. Europe of yesterday, today and tomorrow will ever remain Africa’s heritage. Many thousands of years before the rise of the current pale tribes of Europe, the Grimaldi people established the Aurignacian cultures. These people were anatomically modern human beings of the West African typology. They brought the first indications of cultural thoughts and rites into Europe. The Grimaldi had very little body hair, black and smooth skin; they had the facial features typical of West African forest dwellers. They had curly hair. They arrived in Europe 40,000 to 70,000 years ago. Caucasians as a racial entity did not appear in Europe until about twenty to thirty thousand years after the arrival of the first Africans who by this very fact are the aboriginals of Europe. It is conceded by scholars that the African people were the bearers of the first substantive elements of culture into the European continent.

    If our nation is ever to move beyond race, and it must, it will have to begin by euthanizing superficial white privilege in the collective unconsciousness of America – white, nanny-state immoral liberals, who feign to embody American reflection, are discarding black Americans to the garbage heap of history at 1080p. There will only be a racial understanding when knowledge of historical truth is widespread, acknowledged, and even broadcasted by them.

    The American media, revisionists, and scholars have omitted the discoveries of modern genetics that show blacks, whites and Asians are nothing but a social construction generally understood to be the by-products of countless human choices rather than laws resulting from divine will or nature. However, this is not usually taken to imply a radical anti-determinism. Social constructionists are usually opposed to essentialism, which instead defines specific phenomena in terms of inherent and trans-historical essences independent of conscious beings that determine the categorical structure of reality. Considering the genetic medley of Homo sapiens, the human family cannot be assigned to a definite place or to definite places in a system of perceived white privilege, some stupefying system of class, yet alone classificatory divisions. If those who use racial historical stereotypes are speaking to us reading from racial-tinted Teleprompters, even the attempts at truths and historical fact will be the same color as the racial historical stereotypical programming. America, the hue of our culture – as brought to you by the likes of Jerry Bruckheimer, Disney and NBC as the purveyors of our alleged black cultural heritage. Thus if we want to know what Americans who can’t think for themselves know about blacks, American history and slavery, not only in this country, but worldwide, we must look at the more general manufactured culture in which our racial lenses are sold…

    • Angelfire4280

      Wow! Hope the victims of Public School Indoctrination read this! The above treatise blows away the revisionist history books. Thank you!

      • fretsward

        Thank you. My sagacity is that their particular madness places them in spaces removed from the normal trajectories of black difference and yet ones that enable their individual predicaments to reflect back on the black whole, to double double-consciousness in order to heal, to challenge, to renegotiate the collective black neurosis. Costas exemplifies a subjectivity and interiority run amok.

        I’m certain I am not alone when I insist that many Americans are sick of this AP/Yahoo-style pap brought to us by adolescent university-think pricks whose sole subsistence is to thrill their peers by attempting to be clever – which fails wretchedly and exposes their guise as mystification, misdirection and obfuscation. Their neurosis expands the globe (in HD of course) across the pond throughout Europe, especially the UK, another country which claims to champion the melting pop and free speech as long as the pot calls the kettle black.

        Read any magazine, newspaper, watch any Television program, or commercials, and you’ll realize there is a subliminal projected holiness and superficial pretext of privilege being resolute to whiteness. It is difficult to exaggerate the role played by Television in shaping the mindset and outlook of the American people. Dr. George Gerbner, former Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, put it this way: “Television, more than any single institution, molds American behavioral norms and values. And the more TV we watch, the more we tend to believe in the world according to TV, even though much of what we see is misleading.”

        A distinct majority, especially writers and creators of programs are
        Jewish. TV types have certain likes and dislikes and these likes and dislikes are translated into Television programming. In turn, this problem raises the public acceptance of the favored groups and the public dislikes of the resented groups – “these are people we don’t line, and we suggest you not like them as well.” News reporting on American television, as well as its presentations of history and other serious subject matter, routinely has a distinctly pro-Jewish slant. This is understandable, of course, given the prominent role of Jews in Television news departments, and the many Jews (often with obvious Zionist biases) employed as reporters, writers, editors, and producers.

        Those who dare to challenge the truth violate this exclusion and are immediately castigated as anti-Semitic, and pay a heavy price in damage to their reputations or careers. Politicians who publicly speak out against America’s support for Zionism risk absolute certain political damage. Among the political or governmental figures whose careers were destroyed because they violated the powerful taboo have been US Senators William Fulbright, and Adlai Stevenson III for example.

        Those who merely “slip up” are obliged to recant. Thus, Marlon Brando was promptly and severely chastised after criticizing Jewish Hollywood producers and executives for promoting vicious racist stereotyping of black Americans. Even though what the well-known actor had said during that 1996 broadcast interview was demonstrably true, Brando was forced to issue a craven apology.

        If the original Jews were Black, where did white Jews come from? There are two main types of white Jews; the Edomites and the Khazars. Edomites are the descendants of Esau, who was born ruddy (red) and hairy according to the Bible. (Gen. 25:25) This describes the “white” man; he is red (all shades) and hairy. Esau was the albino, fraternal twin brother of Jacob, the father of the original Black Israelites. The white Edomites and Black Israelites were constantly in strife against one another.

        In fact, Edomites fought the black Jews in the Roman-Jewish War. At a later period in history, the Edomites (Idumeans) were conquered and
        forced to become Jews. The European Khazars became Jews in 740 A.D. Neither group is descended from the house of Israel. Khazars make up over 90% of the so-called Jews. The world’s best kept secret? These groups (Khazars esp., Edomites and other ethnic groups) make up modern Jewish today. Although the black Hebrew-Israelites are the real descendants of ancient Israel, this truth is not known by many and it is perpetuated by today’s imposters. Because of slavery and scattering, the Hebrew-Israelites are not known to the world as true Israel. African Americans are largely descendants of the original Jews. The original Biblical Jews were black people who were ruthlessly persecuted by the whites (Romans). The prophet Jesus was a black Jew who was born during this time. The Roman-Jewish War in 66 A.D. marked the peak of this persecution and the end of the original black Jews (Hebrew-Israelites) as a nation.

        As predicted by Jesus, in this war Jerusalem was overthrown, the Temple was destroyed and the Black Hebrews were scattered. (Mat. 24:15-21, Luke 21: 5, 6, 20-24) The loss of life was appalling. So many Hebrew were slain that the whole lake of Galilee was red with blood and covered with corpses. The noted historian, Josephus estimated that one million one hundred thousand perished in the siege of Jerusalem alone. Positives aren’t immune either, as you begin to wonder if you’re legitimately smart and talented or just smart and talented compared to what make-believe society expects of you. With that said, let’s use the crazy girlfriend analogy: this is akin to her throwing silverware at you everyday, and then feigning to not understand why you brace yourself each time she picks up a fork to eat dinner.

        In today’s America, silverware missiles are the opposing racial, cultural and linguistic claims which now make it nearly impossible even to speak of national identity. Questions and mistruths regarding blacks and history have become a struggle for the possession of America’s conscience – in prime time. The multicultural, multiperspective narration that has arisen from this effort is not merely a departure from the history America has always taught its children. It may be the first time that a nation has abandoned the single identity of its origins and set out deliberately to adopt multiple subversive identities.

        Despite journalism’s trumpeted efforts as democracy’s champion, when it comes time to race the watchdog is snoozing comfortably in its doghouse. Television news has control over public discourse and is a major influence in forming and perpetuating racism. While open racism is no longer acceptable, a more subtle version (as witnessed) controls the presentation. People who produce Television news ignore the life of black people outside their so-called wizardry that controls content, and treats them as insignificant and anomalies. By repeatedly linking black Americans with crime and poverty it feeds the misunderstanding that blacks are different, as “other “as “dangerous” (Campbell 1995:132). This perpetuation of the mythology of race by local Television news interferes with the understanding that would result in tolerance and compassion and finally eliminate racial prejudice.

        Small minds discuss and disdain people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. “These were ideas,” which Marx would adopt and transform. Publicly and for political reasons, both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels posed as friends of the Negro. In private, they were anti-black racists of the most odious sort. They had contempt for the entire Negro Race, a contempt they expressed by comparing Negroes to animals, by identifying black people with ‘idiots’ and by continuously using the opprobrious term ‘n ____r’ in their private correspondence.” (Nathaniel Weyl). Marx and Engels said blacks: “were people who ought to be eradicated and swept from the earth.”

        Now that would be a news story…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=700237389 Chris Yandall

    I’m a minority and I approve of Costa’s message. I’m not a racist. I’m calling out the designation as appropriate. if you got a problem with it, you might be the racist! Supposed if she was an American Indian. She would be the first…. what’s the big deal?

  • Deborah McCabe

    Never ONCE did I think of Gabby’s skin color. To me she was a cute and perky American who did the best for herself and our country. You never hear other countries referring to their race. Rascism will continue as long as IGNORANT people like Bob Costas continue to put emphasis on race. I was ashamed and horrified. What other countries must think of USA.

  • Angelfire4280

    Thanks, Bob for helping the minorities to wake up and escape their liberal masters and the socialist plantation! Oh, you didn’t mean to be so blatant in your racism? Oooopsie!