Sunday, August 05, 2012
The Olympics: Nationality, Race, Color, and Ethnicity
At the Olympic Games we have witnessed a dramatic change of color. The first week we saw mainly faces with a European and Asian heritage. Think swimming, diving, and gymnastics. Since Friday and from now on we will see a great many athletes with African and Caribbean ancestry, most notably in the Track and Field Events. This is especially true in running events. Not many black faces last week, with notable exceptions, including the delightful Gabby Douglas, but they will be much in evidence until the closing ceremonies! Interesting and worth pondering.