Just in time for Black History Month, the Black Community decided to turn on another one of its own, and surprise its a black woman and double surprise its about her hair. Triple surprise the crusade was led by black women.
Who is the target this time? Pam Oliver, a sportscaster for Fox.
First some history:
After graduating from Florida A&M University with a bachelors in broadcast journalism, Oliver began her broadcasting career at WALB in Albany, Georgia in 1985 as a news reporter. The next year, Oliver moved to WAAY-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. After that stop, Oliver moved to WIVB-TV in Buffalo, New York in 1988. Two years later in 1990, Oliver moved to WTVT in Tampa, Florida, where she began her career as a sports anchor in 1991.
Oliver moved to KHOU-TV in Houston, where she continued to be a sports anchor. In 1993, Oliver joined the sports television network ESPN.
In 1995, Oliver joined Fox Sports, where she currently works as a sideline reporter with the network's number-one broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. In 2005, Oliver joined TNT as a sideline reporter for their NBA Playoffs coverage.
That brings us to present day where Pam Oliver's 30 year career is being reduced to what her hair looks like when she's on tv. Did we not learn our lesson after going after Gabby Douglas in 2012?
No that would be too much like right. Instead of celebrating there is a woman of color, a black woman on top of that, at the top of her game in a male dominated field, we decide to hope on twitter and post pictures of our sister next to Chewbacca and reduce her to a joke.
Pam recently gave an interview with Philly.com where she said says she often does her own hair and makeup and is usually more concerned with the reporting than how she looks.
"You're out there trying to catch players, get your reports turned around quickly, and I may or may not have time to put on lip gloss or powder my face," Oliver said, citing "tunnel vision" for potential beauty lapses. Oliver also touched on the sexism present in broadcast news: "A guy can wear the same tie every other week, and it's not even an issue. But if a woman has a strand of hair out of place, people go crazy."
We're on Pam's side for the very same reasons above. One she is less concerned with her appearance and more concerned with doing a good job. Two, like she said NO ONE ever mentions what the men have on, EVER. Three, Pam works outside with wind, rain and sometimes snow, her hair has to be ready for the elements, Four, If she was wearing her natural hair sans a perm, and you said something about her hair, the natural hair girls would have attacked like there was a sale on Shae Butter and everyone would have cried racism. Five and most important, while you're banging your fingers out trying to come up with a witty description of her hair for some facebook likes, Pam is pocketing the money Fox could be spending on a glam squad and laughing all the way to the bank.
But seriously, I hate the message this sends to our little black girls, "you can be anything you dream of being, just make sure your hair looks nice while you're doing it or they are going to drag you across the internet."
Way to kick off Black History Month 2014.