NEWSFLASH: (08/09/12) Lightening strikes the Olympics twice as Usain Bolt makes history by winning 200m men’s final, Yohan Blake second and Warren Weir third, as Jamaica sweeps 200m race.
Newsflash (08/05/12): Usain Bolt defends Olympic title, wins 100m race at London Olympics, Yohan Blake second, Justin Gatlin third and Tyson Gay fourth.
The Jamaica Observer is just plain wrong for targeting Usain Bolt and his white girlfriend Lubica Slovak in an April 27th article, knowing full well the ignorant will leave comments in droves on sites linking to the story, voicing their displeasure at an interracial relationship. Lost on many is the fact that interracial relationships are nothing new in Jamaica. Many people of Asian descent intermarry with Jamaicans of African descent, for example. So, what’s the problem? Usain Bolt and Lubica Slovak, a fashion designer, have been dating for six months.
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.’
Further protests included: ‘Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny’, and: ‘These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.’
The sprinter nicknamed Lightning Bolt is known for his mid-race celebrations and post- victory bow-and-arrow pose. Source: Daily Mail
Singer Jill Scott wrote an article in Essence magazine some time ago expressing her displeasure with interracial dating, saying it causes “a bite, no matter the ointment, that has yet to stop burning,” though she added that wasn’t trying to hurt anyone with her thoughts. Well, on a personal note, I have dated outside my race and it wasn’t about dissing my race. It was about a connection with someone I really cared about and shared many interests.
If Lubica Slovak is the calming influence Usain Bolt needs in his life, then so be it. I don’t care what her race is. Quite frankly, I was saddened to see a partying Usain Bolt in a TMZ spring break photograph chugging down alcohol with scantily clad women around him. That’s not the role model young Jamaican men need. Calling him the Jamaican Tiger Woods is laughable, at best. Lost on the naysayers is the fact that the Jamaican motto, “Out of May, One People” drives home the fact that the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter. It’s the oneness all create.
UPDATE#1 (05/09/12): Usain Bolt and his white girlfriend, Lubica Slovak, have called it quits. The Jamaica Star is reporting that the two have called it quits. Um, public pressure caused Usain Bolt to bolt? Interesting. No, he reportedly decided to remain celibate with an eye on Olympics 2012 in London. His agent confirmed the split to the Daily Mail.