LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
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West Virginia has a complicated legacy when it comes to race. Born out of a separation with the confederate state of Virginia during the Civil War, the state remains, like so much of our nation, still impacted by that war, the disgusting practice of slavery that caused it, and our lingering divisions of race. Why, after all of this time, racism is still such a prevalent issue with humanity is sadly not a mystery. We're a bunch of frightened and insecure creatures, and many of us react by trying to build ourselves up while pushing others down. It's excruciatingly painful and heartbreaking. We're better than that. And so, even though we've sent robots to other planets, can access boundless information from a device in our pockets, and have honey roasted peanut butter, we still need to collectively fight against the ignorance and evils that are the root of racism.

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Joining some of the impossibly kind and friendly residents of the Charleston area, we helped the local YWCA put on their 2nd annual Race to End Racism. Designed to bring community members together, raise awareness, and raise much needed funds in a festive environment, all while participating in healthy activities, the Race to End Racism doubled in size from the previous year. Hundreds of runners, walkers, and volunteers share a morning during this important event which helps open dialogue about racism and highlights the Charleston YWCA and all that it does for the community.

The issue of racism is complicated, and it won't be solved easily. But we, as humans, are capable of destroying this disturbing scourge of our existence. Events like this help. They're a part of the solution. But everyone needs to be involved in eliminating racism. There's no sitting this one out or looking the other way. You don't have to run a 5K, but you do have to participate in making a change.

Need help getting started? Click here for some tools and links provided by our friends at the Charleston YWCA.

Simply put, racism sucks. Racists suck. Don't suck.

Be a better version of yourself by recognize your biases. If you're white, realize that you have privileges. Nobody is trying to take those away. Rather, minorities are simply needing to stop being denied those same privileges.

No matter who you are, make a better version of us all by helping lift others up.

 All former Hoosiers.

All former Hoosiers.