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Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, is getting his affairs together before this summer’s Olympics in London. He’s training every day, eating right, booking flights and oh yea - dumping his insanely hot girlfriend.
That’s Bolt with his girl, 28-year-old Lubica Slovak, who he’s been dating for nearly six months. Bolt claims the reason for the break up is so he can focus on his training for the games. I get that – you’re an elite athlete competing on the biggest stage in the world, so you should probably do away with the distractions (and yes, I would label bringing along your drop dead gorgeous blond girlfriend as a distraction). The cynic in me says he’s really breaking up with her because he’s staying in the Olympic Village, and will be surrounded by MANY attractive women and will now not have any restraints.
“While Bolt has already been dating Slovak for a year, the ish literally hit the fan when the two were photographed kissing each other in local newspaper the Jamaican Observer. The photo ignited a firestorm of disapproval from Black Jamaicans, bemoaning Black men’s “White woman complex.”
For many, Bolt’s embracing of “the White girl” was an immediate rejection of the local Black Jamaican girls Bolt grew up with. This concept was illustrated in a cartoon that ran with the original published photo.”
Here’s the illustration in question:
And you thought Joel Pett’s cartoon was bad?
If Bolt dumped Slovak because people back home in Jamaica have some issue with him dating a white woman, than not only are they ignorant, but he’s weak. I thought we were past this garbage of feeling disgusted – or as Jill Scott called it, “the wince” – whenever we see an interracial couple? As Woody Allen once famously said “The heart wants what it wants”, so race shouldn’t stop one from pursuing what they desire. If Bolt wants to be with Slovak, and the women of Jamaica have an issue with it, well then too bad. They don’t have to like it, as it’s none of their business.
I hope Bolt did this purely out of respect to his profession, and not because some jealous and insecure women at home were offended that he picked a girl from Slovakia and not one from Kingston. I’m not going to get into the history of interracial dating, or the history of slavery or whatever the hell News One was getting at, but it’s 2012. It’s beyond time to start whatever healing is necessary so we don’t shame others into adhering to our prejudices.