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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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Jackie    

Congs girl

726 days ago
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j    

Until I saw this, I thought of Gabby as a fabulous gymnast, cute and calm, poised and polite.

I not once thught of her race,....now Condi, I always will. When are YOU going to give that a break?

726 days ago
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Meg9770    

Why do African Americans point out other African Americans achievements? The reason racism is alive and well in this country is because the African Americans are keeping it alive by bring it up over and over. Get over it... you have more pigment in your skin that I do.. does that make you that different?

726 days ago
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Tee    

She's an Olympic champion for sure. But,I don't see where Rice called her a hero.

726 days ago
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dina    

Condeleeza Rice should should shut the hell up. She does not speak for blacks. And Gabby is an American gymnast....That is a lot to put on a 16 year old, African American hero? I know one thing, Condeleeza Rice is NOT an African American hero. How are you even free to comment, shouldn't you be hard at work electing and stumping for Romney?

726 days ago
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SakkeL    

Condi, You African-American women, You just had to say it.

726 days ago
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Honeys Booboo    

Thought Condi played for Team Whitey.

726 days ago
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Texasdivamom    

Congrats to Gabby! But TMZ needs to do their homework! Rice was not the first Africam American secretary of state it was Colin Powell!!!!

726 days ago
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bebepc    

Colin Powell was the first African-American secretary of state.

726 days ago
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Rhonda    

Yeah, everyone was thrilled when Obama became President, too, and that hasn't turned out so well, has it?

726 days ago
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jada    

How cool is it that DOUGLAS unscrammbled spells USA GOLD?!!!

726 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Hey Condoleezza, why is Gabby African American and not black? White people are not Caucasian American, they are still white. If we are going to be politically correct and not offend anyone shouldn't we do it for all the races? What would you call former Olympian boxer Lennox Lewis? is he black? he can't be African American because he has never been a citizen of this country?

726 days ago
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Bug    

Oh yeah and if we would have said Marylou was a White American Hero we would have been burned at the stake. Come on Rick, lf not for a lot of other nationalities this little girl wouldn't have even gotten noticed. LEAVE RACE OUT OF THIS AND THAT PRESSURE OFF HER...She is an American Hero. Don't forget, she'll be going after a lot of endorsements that only come with the checkbooks of mostly white CEO's. You dummy, your handling this like you did Iraq.

726 days ago
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go home!    

She is not a hero. She is a CHAMPION. Hero's risk their lives to save others.

726 days ago
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big'un    

She is no doubt an inspiration to young girls all over the country but by no means a hero. Don't put any sports figure in the same league as those who have sacrificed everything for someone else.

726 days ago
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