Usain Bolt (pictured) is known as Jamaica’s premier World- and- Olympic-winning sprinter. A national hero, Bolt has recently gained a boatload of criticism, though, due to his recent relationship to White, Slovakian-born girlfriend Lubica Slovak.
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While Bolt has already been dating Slovak for a year, the ish literally hit the fan when the two were photographed kissing each other (pictured below right) in local newspaper the Jamaican Observer (pictured right). The photo ignited a firestorm of disapproval from Black Jamaicans, bemoaning Black men’s “White woman complex.”
A Winston Frazier wrote the following on March 16:
I note with interest Usain Bolt’s recent love interest. The Observer’s March 14 Page 2 picture of them kissing and the March 15 cartoon highlight it. Why is it that when most of these black men become famously rich they all gravitate to these Caucasian women?
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against any race (although some may take issue with me). I just find it strange because these same women would not look their way under normal circumstances. Two words of advice to Mr Bolt – Tiger Woods.
And Winston isn’t alone. Others chimed in:
‘Another one of our men snatched.’
‘Out of all the girls on this island you pick a snowbunny.’
‘These superstars will always disappoint if we depend on them to raise our racial identity.’
For many, Bolt’s embracing of “the White girl” was an immediate rejection of the local Black Jamaican girls Bolt grew up with. This concept was illustrated in a cartoon that ran with the original published photo (pictured below left).