What I learned from Black History Month

Harriet Tubman
  1. Shut up and listen. And when you’re done shutting up, shut up some more.
  2. Your analysis of their experience isn’t as good as their story of their experience.
  3. Black history is being made every day.
  4. American history is black history.
  5. American was built through theft of black labor and black lives. The theft is going on today.
  6. Many whites still deny that racism exists.
  7. More blacks don’t participate in cycling because they are not marketed to, not because they can’t afford it.
  8. USAC has no meaningful plan to increase diversity, nor do most promoters.
  9. Trump tore off the band-aid and revealed the wound for the world to see.
  10. You can’t fix racism until you fix discrimination against women.
  11. I can’t do much. But that’s no excuse not to do what little I can.

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5 thoughts on “What I learned from Black History Month”

  1. You’re spot on, Seth. My only addition is that white privilege is absolutely a thing. (My learning over the last year.)

    And, I’m doing what I can which is all one can do.

  2. Maybe take it a step beyond interviews, and invite a black SPOKESperson to do a guest editorial in this spot

  3. It’s also White Privilege to think that once you acknowledge it exists, that it means you understand just how completely you have benefited from it, and that therefore you can understand how that affects others. There really is no way to fully grasp how much benefit it is, because we have never had to live in a world where it didn’t benefit us all the time. Structural white privilege has been built over the centuries upon the backs of the non or under privileged.

  4. Such a great list. I try to do what I can about this topic and other injustices. And it’s small potatoes for sure. That said, small efforts can collectively become movements. What goes around comes around, and for folks who don’t believe that I am sorry for them. I am a clear product of white privilege, not my doing, I was born into it. So how to behave and act now? Hell I don’t know (shut up re #1 above). I just try to be a good guy by my own definition: saying hi to those I cross paths with, being nice to workers I engage with, picking up trash in front of my house and my neighbors while I am at it etc. And of course providing a draft to any cracked rider! Thanks for making me think Seth.

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