The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers has unleashed a wave of protest unseen since the late 1960s. Over the last week tens of thousands of Americans have taken to the streets to take a stand against systemic police brutality. Considering the recent spike in attention to the Black experience in America, there’ve been some really inspiring efforts to amplify Black voices. On Twitter, I started seeing links threads directing users to Black restaurants, Black visual artists, Black musicians, and even Black candlemakers. (Candlemakers!).
Upon discovering that there was no list of Black-owned skate companies, I decided to crowd-source via Twitter and Instagram. Within an hour, I was inundated with retweets, DMs, and emails directing me to brands, shops, and even a couple of nonprofits. The list has since been received with a lot of warmth and enthusiasm. It was really fun to compile this list and I hope that people will take the crucial next step and cop some gear from these businesses.
Words: Patrick Kigongo
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