- Roxanne Jones: Victorious black swimmer Simone Manuel knows the resonance of her position in an era of racial struggle
- Jones: History of blacks being systematically denied use of public pools makes Manuel's Olympic win also a victory about race
Roxanne Jones, a founding editor of ESPN Magazine and former vice president at ESPN, has worked as a producer and as a reporter at the New York Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She was named a 2010 Woman of the Year by Women in Sports and Events, is a co-author of "Say It Loud: An Illustrated History of the Black Athlete," and CEO of the Push Marketing Group. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)For black women in America, the past several years have been deeply painful. Not that it's ever been a joy ride, exactly. We just thought this journey was getting a little smoother, that we could drop our guard a bit and just live.