Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Jamaican Track Stars Successful Due To Slavery"?

Doctor links Jamaica’s sprinting success to slavery

The people of Africa were on this Earth for tens of thousands of years. Why do people submit to the notion that 400 years of slavery is the origin of so much of our character?

This comment is ignorant and offensive.

Herb Elliott, who oversees drug testing in Jamaica and serves as the Olympic team’s head doctor, said African slaves who ended up in Jamaica were among the strongest and most determined – qualities, he says, that have helped the likes of Usain Bolt, the 22-year-old Jamaican track star.

“They say that our aggression, our toughness, came out of our slave situation,” said Elliott, who is black. The team doctor said he subscribes to the view “considering that Jamaica had more slavery rebellion than any country in the world.”

“It’s not a question of genetic pool, but we have that,” he added. “It’s a cultural thing, too, that we want to achieve.”

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