Misty Copeland has embraced the label “black ballerina” with gusto. As the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater tells the Huff Post:
“…it’s so rare and because it’s an issue and because it’s been my path and my struggle. I’m not going to deny or pretend that that’s not who I am,” Copeland told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. “And I think that just because I’m now in this position as a principal dancer doesn’t mean all of a sudden I’m going to drop the fact that I’ve had all of these obstacles and so many are continuing to have it. Just because I’m here doesn’t mean racism goes away in the ballet world.”
What? You mean one black dancer doesn’t mean we are living in a post-racial world? A lot of people are going to be disappointed to hear that, Misty!
You can see the interview here or watch it on the Hoff Past: