The Black Olympics

Every four years the greatest, strongest and fastest athletes from every corner of the world get together to take part in the Olympic Games.
And every four years the global Black (African) community unites to root for their Black champions.

Regardless of the country they represent, they are there to show the world what Black excellence is all about.
The Rio Olympics have seen many sportsmen and sportswomen completely dominate the games; from Simone Biles, to Usain Bolt, to Caterine Ibargüen and Wayde van Niekerk.

In a world where our Blackness (Africaness) is seen as a threat and condemned, the Olympics provide us with a space where we can flourish without having to face racist injustices.
Of course the hypocrisy many Western colonial and imperialist countries show reminds us that Black people are only accepted and appreciated when they use their bodies and labour to entertain them. Nonetheless, it feels good to be the best. Even if it's just for a moment.

People of African descent have long been divided. The Black American diaspora, the Black European diaspora and Africans on the continent don't always get along, but we are always there for each other when we need help and encouragement.

South Africans took over Twitter to show solidarity to and support Caster Semenya with the hashtag #HandsOffCaster. Semenya is a middle-distant runner and world championship whose gender was questioned after winning major championships. It sparked global outrage and South Africans called out the IAAF racism.

Beside defending their athletes, Black (African) Twitter also hilariously and perfectly described our feelings and thoughts during the Olympic Games.


My wish is that we can take this feeling of pride and this excellence to other fields as well. And that we can support Black students, Black doctors, Black businessmen and businesswomen as we do our Black champions.