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Crabs in a barrel syndrome.

I am very disappointed at the comments made about Gabby Douglas’ hair. But I have to admit I am not very surprised. I am not sure about the extent of it, but it has made national news which is embarrassing. My children rarely have people who look like them achieve so much on such a public stage. It gives me immense joy to imagine the thousands of black little girls that Gabby is inspiring with every graceful leap. Instead of praising this young lady for reaching the highest level in her sport, some small minded people are making this about her hair. Well what would have worked better? Would it be better if she walked out on the London stage with a butt-length blond weave like so many of the singers and movie stars we see today. Gabby’s hair is practical for the grueling exhibitions she must carry out during the Olympic Games. It is disgusting that at this moment, all she has sacrificed over her entire life is tarnished with this nonsense. I hope that this so-called debate does not reach her young ears and that she can continue to make us all proud with her incredible poise and grace. Let’s stop acting like crabs in a barrel.

When harvesting crab, the crab as a group will pull down any crab that starts to climb out of the barrel in an attempt to be the first out of the barrel that holds them in, hence crabs-in-a-barrel.

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Twenty fingers, Twenty toes
Plenty of work, heaven knows!
Four little arms to hold tight.
Four little cheeks to kiss at night.
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