Prejudice Not Gone from Figure Skating


We recently blogged about the Believer’s incredible essay about ’90s figure skating and the rivalry between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.

At Racialicious, Kendra James talks about her experience figure skating as a black woman, and how her race has elicited much of the same commentary that Harding got for her working-class background:

…I get what it’s like to not be seen as the“‘lovely,’ ‘ladylike,’ ‘elegant,’ and ‘sophisticated,’ one,” and spending the energy trying to conform to a sport standard that’s not necessarily made to fit how the world’s been trained to see you.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →