How to Support Black Business in the Skateboarding Industry

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.

You can’t help Patrick to update his list by sending him an email at pkigongo@gmail.com
Here is a direct link to the list

Words: Patrick Kigongo

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