“There was no template for a black runner. If you don’t see people who look like you doing something, would you necessarily assume you belonged?
Now groups like Black Girls Run are pushing the idea that this is an activity everyone can do, and things are changing. But there are still barriers.”
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Earlier this week, Runners World Magazine published an interview with Gene Demby, a lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch, which discusses race and culture. In it, he briefly discusses his experience as a black runner in places like Park Slope, New York, where there were fewer black runners than white ones. His piece is suggestive of the powerful effect that seeing diverse people in diverse roles can have on encouraging the activities that people participate in.
Check out the full interview here.