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"Music and dance should be open to all races and believe me talent is color blind. Robin Thicke is proof that you don’t have to be black to have soul."

square dance contest in Nashville and the organizers claimed a scoring discrepancy and awarded a white couple first prize as well. Then people go on line and say that square dancing is traditionally done by whites and the African American couple should’ve never been allowed in the competition in the first place. Claims of racism and discrimination would be flying thru the air more often than a Tiger Woods punch line.

Tiger became the first African American to win a major golf championship back in 1997 at The Masters. Golf was a sport that had been traditionally lilly white but Tiger helped break down that barrier (along with Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder). Tiger proved that it’s your talent, drive, and determination that make you a champion and not the color of your skin. Tiger has also proven screwing up big time isn’t a tradition owned by any particular race as well.

When Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress for her incredible performance in “Precious”, should we have also had a white winner as well because that category has “traditionally” been dominated by whites.

I

think not. Mo’Nique said in her acceptance speech that thankfully it was about the performance and not the politics. Shouldn’t that same philosophy carry over to a “step” competition or is it the old double standard.

The Zeta Tau Alphas won. End of story. Do you have to agree with the outcome. Of course not. It’s subjective, just like any competitions being judged by people. Taylor Swift won the Grammy album of the year over Lady Gaga and Beyonce. What a total joke and embarrassment to the music industry but you have to accept the outcome.

The thing that really steps on brain here is

why do we have to categorize the “white” Zeta Tau Alphas and the “black” Alpha Kappas ? Why can’t we just say that the Zeta Tau Alphas from the University of Arkansas beat the Alpha Kappas from Indiana University. What difference does it make what color they are? The late great Michael Jackson had a song called “Black or White” and it wasn’t about whether or not he was black or white. For the record The King of Pop was black from 1958- 1989, then white from 1990-2009, but that’s another story. In the song Black or White, Michael sang about how it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, race doesn’t matter. That should’ve been the theme for the Sprite Step show competition. Thank god MJ wasn’t around to see a “Thriller” of a performance by the Zeta Tau Alphas turned into an “Off The wall” outcome and a “Dangerous”’ precedent set that is “Bad” for the spirit of free and non exclusive competition. All the haters just need to “Beat it”.

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