TYSHAWN JONES SPEAKS OUT ON RACISM

Listen in to the skater’s message

POSTEDBYCHRIS MORGAN

Right now, at least in the United States of America, this is a time for speaking on racial equality. Movements and protests have swept through the country, as people of different races have joined together in a search for justice, largely behind the banner of Black Lives Matter. Skateboarding has often been positioned as a pastime that takes on all comers, though in truth like all things it could be better about that. In a time for speaking up, Tyshawn Jones, himself a skater of color, has released a video message through Adidas on the topic of racism and the need for change.

We aren’t going to do any of our usual bits or clever quips here. We just want you to take a second to hear Jones’ words. Though he may only be 21, he clearly knows how to articulate what he’s feeling, assuredly in part because of a life that has likely been filled with his own personal moments of seeing inequality in action. It’s always encouraging when skaters speak out. Maybe more will follow Jones’ lead. Watch the video above.

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