SKATEBOARDERS FIGHTING FOR
“The stereotype is white stoner guys,” Dr. Zoë Corwin, one of the researchers, told me at the time. “The reality in 2020 is the skateboarding community is really, really diverse, and not only are they diverse, for many skaters, that’s a point of pride.”
an excerpt from the New York Times article, How Skateboarding Can Help Racism
If you are a skateboarder, you know the above statement to be true. Skateboarding is full of stereotypes, but at it’s core, skateboarding is inclusive & being a skateboarder makes you apart of one of the largest communities worldwide.
That said, there are still injustices within our community. As a skateboarder, we know what it is like to have to deal with authority, but as a Black skateboarder- that experience is undoubtedly different than that as a white skateboarder.
We need to join together to stand against these injustices, and all, racial injustices. It is crucial that we, as skateboarders, use our numbers to stand on a unified front to work towards fighting against systemic racism.