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Condoleezza Rice:

Gabby Douglas is an African-American Hero

8/3/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Condoleezza Rice is a big fan of U.S.gymnastics superstar Gabby Douglas ... telling TMZ she's "thrilled" for the 16-year-old's "momentous accomplishment as the first African-American" to win a gold medal at the Olympics in the all-around competition.

Rice says she's been following the ENTIRE U.S. Women's Gymnastics team at the 2012 Games ... telling us the girls have been "incredible" to watch.

"Proud of their team gold and thrilled for Gabby Douglas and her momentous accomplishment as the first African-American to win the individual all-around gymnastics title, " Rice says.

She adds, "These young women are full of grace and poise."

Go USA!

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46.

amyb    

This is in response to Gabby Douglas getting bashed by African American women, mainly on Twitter, because of her hair. Famous African American women are sticking up for her because the criticism of her hair is getting ridiculous.

748 days ago
47.

AreUCrazy    

she's NOT African... she's American. If the blacks don't want segregation then they need to stop segregating themselves.
Unless you were born in Africa you're not African.

Congrats to ALL the American ladies on the team.

748 days ago
48.

bunny    

Gabby is amazing. They don't call her flying squirrel for no reason. She's also very beautiful. I did wonder why she was the only black girl there. I think it's racist but of course around here, black girls are more worried about having children and collecting welfare. Gabby clearly has parents who love her.

748 days ago
49.

LiLa    

Is there an African-American team in the Olympics or is ours an American team? Rice's comment seems racist to me.

748 days ago
50.

robert chowaniec    

Sure theres one good black person in about a million !

748 days ago
51.

PAT    

Beyonce and Condoleeza Rice should know better than to do something like this .... This is separation people!!! I wonder if they would have came out and congratulated any of the other USA participants or is it that Beyonce and Condoleeza only congratulate African American Women... I see only vote for your race... is that the game you guys play

748 days ago
52.

Don    

Had a conversation with some "Latina" women last week and asked this question, as it really applies to all ethnicities in the United States, but very applicable here.

To the question asked: When are you going to stop calling yourself a Hispanic American, or Latina American and just call yourself an American. No answer.


And the other numbing thought is that you and I are Americans, wherein it seems that only the politicians want to make an issue out of you and me, when you and I don't have significant race ethnicity issues amongst us.

748 days ago
53.

GLaDOS    

She's a hero because she won an award?
I mean, it's great that she won but Rice needs to learn what a hero actually is because throwing that term around takes away from people that are actual heroes.

748 days ago
54.

Mary Ann    

As long as someone plays the race card (she's African-American), race relations will never quiet down or be eradicated. Can't it be enough that she's a great "American" athlete??????? Plz?

748 days ago
55.

bunny    

Also Mustafina who was throwing a fit and angry she won the silver, should have had her metal given to the bronze for being such a spoiled little brat of a loser. If I was on the Olympic committee, I would have taken it away from her, just because of her actions... and Gabby won two gold medals so far. Not one. Just because she won one as a team, doesn't mean it doesn't count.

748 days ago
56.

Hearts    

Last I checked, I thought she was born in the good old USA. That means she's an AMERICAN.

748 days ago
57.

LDB    

Just because she good in gymnastics shes a hero?

748 days ago
58.

Luvjaq    

First of all she is an AMERICAN hero, its the constant distinction of race with in our 'ethnic' back ground that is perpetuating the BS of small minded individuals, and continuing the segregation of our Nation.

748 days ago
59.

Lmao    

CONGRATS GABBY!!!! USA USA USA!!!!!!

748 days ago
60.

Sunset    

Way to go Gabby! Keep on smiling!

748 days ago
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