“White Woman Complex”: Myth or Reality?
Our special guest is Clinical Community Psychologist and Hebrew Israelite Community member Sis. Yishibah Baht-Gavriel. Sis. Yishiba is also Curator African Edenic Heritage Mobile Museum and the Director or Co-founder of CAND: This week’s show: Monday 14th May 2012.
This week’s show: Monday 14th May 2012
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Surely the hottest ticket for this summer’s Olympic Games is the men’s 100m final where the star of the show is expected to be Jamaican world record holder and reigning Olympic champion Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt. In recent years Bolt has ascended to become one of the most (if not the most) recognised sports star on the planet, enhanced by his inclusion in numerous high advertising campaigns.
However, according the Daily Mail (04/05/12) Bolt has also run headlong into a “race row,” due to his “very serious” relationship with Jamaican based Slovakian designer Lubica Slovak – with accompanying photograph of them locked in a kiss. The account that has been doing the rounds on the internet for several weeks now, is that the star sprinter was introduced to last year through a mutual friend and began dating after the Slovakian ex-pat interviewed the world record holder for a home newspaper. A “friend” was quoted as making some very pointed comments: “It works because they are both successful and focused. She focuses on her designs, he focuses on his sport. ‘There is no stress in this relationship. She is a calm, very nice, industrious, busy woman. She has her own life so she isn’t demanding.”
Such appraisals have reportedly cut no ice Jamaican women who have poured scorn on the union and lobbed a “barrage of abuse” at the couple. The Daily Mail reports: “One online posting said: ‘Really now Usain! Some successful black men obviously suffer from a white woman complex. You too?’, while another complained: ‘Another one of our men snatched.” Now in an interesting twist, the Jamaica Star online reported last week that the relationship has ended: “The record holder has opted to focus his energies on creating new records on the track, sources in his camp confirmed. Bolt is competing at the 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom this summer and cannot afford any distraction at this time, his team added.” It should be noted that none of the stories quote Bolt or Slovak directly with all comments attributed to “friends” and “sources.”
Whatever the veracity of the accounts of Usain’s Bolt’s private life, the notion of famous Afrikan men having a ‘white woman complex’ is an enduring one – dating from even before the first Afrikan boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson (three European wives) in the early 1900s, through basket baller Wilt Chamberlain (hoards of European women among his alleged 20,000 conquests), as well as Quincy Jones (three European wives), James Earl Jones (two European wives) and up to almost as many premiership footballers today you can shake a stick at. Eric D. Graham of the Black Athlete Sports Network calls it “The Topic That Won’t Go Away – Why do black athletes date white women??” and laments the “refused and rejected” Afrikan women that they pass by. Graham goes on to ponder: “Is it a mental health issue? A sickness? A form of self-hatred? A case of white supremacy and Black inferiority? Or simply an example of years of television programming that have warped their “sub-conscious” minds with negative images of Black women being portrayed as jezebels, sapphire, and mammies?” On the other hand it is not just Afrikan men; there are several high profile women who seem move from one European to the next (e.g. Naomi Campbell, Kerry Washington, Mica Paris, Denise Lewis).
It could be argued that such activities are merely a reflection of a society that has often been touted as a ‘post-racial’ and that these cases are only discussed due to their high profile. It has also been suggested that these celebrities are merely going for those partners who are in their environment and the top of most professions are dominated by Europeans. And of course there is the response similar to that quoted in one of the Usain Bolt articles: “Love has no race – it’s a heart to heart connection.” Such sentiments are often accompanied appeals to personal choice and individual happiness
But research shows that it is not just an orientation restricted to the rich and famous. Bro. Ifayomi Grant on Afrika Speaks with Alkebu-Lan in February last year revealed that among Afrikans in the 16-29 age group 62% of males and 51% of females were in “inter-ethnic” relationships, a far, far greater proportion than all other groups.
So tonight we ask the question?
“White Woman Complex”: Myth or Reality?
- Does Usain Bolt have “White Woman Complex”?
- Did he end the relationship with Slovak because of the “barrage of abuse”?
- Do you believe any of the accounts in the stories?
- Are European women less “demanding” in relationships with Afrikan men?
- Are European women with Afrikan men “snatching” them from Afrikan women?
- Is it right to ask” Why do black athletes date white women”?
- Is the “complex” restricted to high profile Afrikan men?
- Are interracial relationships an indication “a mental health issue? A sickness? A form of self-hatred? A case of white supremacy and Black inferiority”?
- Do Afrikan men cause a “race row” when high profile Afrikan women date European men?
- Are Afrikan celebrities simply going out with those who share their environment?
- Are mixed relationship merely a reflection of changing attitudes in society?
- Is it really anyone else’s business who anybody dates?
- Is it really the case that more than half young Afrikan men and women in UK are in “inter-ethnic” relationships?
- Why is it that only small proportions of other groups engage in “inter-ethnic” relationships?
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