As a white person that identifies as male, I didn’t see this as my fight to have.

I wasn’t sure whether to write a post and, if I did, what tone to strike; if I did post, might it in fact cause further harm? I’m still not sure, but I feel it is too important not to use this space to say something.

I usually use this space to talk about adventures and mountain-related activities, but I recognise that me doing these things in the manner I have is largely a product of the privileges that I have grown up with as a white man, in terms of access, role models, and the way I fit into the narrative of white men conquering nature. I therefore now see it as incumbent on me to unlearn and re-educate myself about the privileges I have taken for granted, and to find ways of proactively addressing them. This post marks the start of a journey of coming to terms with my own privilege and beginning of a long-term strategy to affect change. I acknowledge that I will make mistakes along the way, but I want to be open and honest from the off.

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there is NO neutral. • what's your Dharma center, teacher, church, synagogue, pastor, Rabbi, reverend, yoga center, ashram, spiritual not religious instagram meditation leader saying about Black lives? make no mistake: if they're not saying anything, they're not saying nothing. • in this country, if your dharma isn't radical it isn't real. if your religion isn't talking liberation, then it wants you to remain bound to white supremacy. bound to anti-blackness. now you know. what to do about that is up to no one else but you. there is NO neutral. • there is NO neutral. wherever you’re spending your time, energy, money, heart resources, demand a public stand. make them tell you who they really are. ...what morality, love and liberation means to them. then hold them accountable to actions. or withdraw your resources immediately. this is an act of love. the time is now. • send, tag, @mention your people and institutions that have been telling you this is too political. • they are lying to you. they are keeping you bound. this is about human rights. your right to be human. #speakout #callyourpeoplein #demandastand • there is NO neutral. . . . . . #radicaldharma #getintheconversation #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #breonnataylor #ahmaudarbery #racism #antiblackness #whitesupremacy #saytheirnames #whiteness #buddhist #yoga #meditation #dharma #mindfulness #blackmeditators #blackleaders #blackyogis #antiracist #racetraining #angelkyodowilliams

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Outdoors for All?

A recent UKC article has highlighted: “In the online 2019 BMC equality survey, 0% of respondents identified as Black, Black British, Mixed: White and Black or Black: any other. “ In the UK, around 14% of the population is from the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Background, yet only 1% of Mountain Training qualification-holders to lead those in mountain activities are BAME (note that the article also has an excellent list of BAME athletes and organisations to follow, books and articles to read, films to watch, charities to support and petitions to sign).

“The outdoors community, being mostly white, has had the privilege of being able to avoid openly discussing social issues for a long time. The work of fighting racism in the world and within ourselves is deeply uncomfortable, but if there’s one other universal characteristic of people who love the outdoors, it’s that we voluntarily wade into discomfort with enthusiasm and resolve. It’s time for us to channel that energy into something far more important. “ (full article here: https://www.outsideonline.com/2414362/black-lives-matters-protests-social-media-posts)

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WHITENESS IN THE OUTDOORS. I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now and the recent events in the news, specifically the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man hunted down by two white men on a jog led me to spend the past few days listening and learning from people of color, specifically African Americans in the outdoors. . This post is my attempt as an imperfect white person with privilege to take action and encourage other white people to do the same because there’s no “outdoors for all” when racism exists. As a white person, I can’t speak to the unique experiences of marginalized groups surrounding race, so this is my attempt to amplify the voices of POC in the outdoors. . Thank you for reading. I’m always seeking to improve my skill of allyship as I’m not an expert in this and I am open to constructive feedback. . SHARE- Feel free to share, but if you do, please tag the people of color you see mentioned on each page as this is information compiled by me but told by them. . SAVE- Please don’t just read this once and move on but save this as a resource to come back to and reread. . CHALLENGE- read and then reread and then comment a friend, an outdoor leader, sponsored athlete or brand you think would benefit from seeing this too. . Credit to @alisonmdesir @_lassosafroworld, @teresabaker11, @she_colorsnature, @courtneyahndesign, @katieboue @naturechola, @vasu_sojitra, @skynoire, @ava, @chescaleigh @guantesolo and ellen tozolo

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