For those who are familiar with track and field, you know preparing for and completing a 26.2 is no easy feat. In fact, for one particular Columbus, Ohio athlete, it is an accomplishment that he is most proud of. Even moreso since runners of Black and African descent like him are underrepresented in the sport.
Taking that into account, it comes as no surprise that his teammate delivered a scathing and passionate response to the vandal’s hate crime.
In a photo posted to Facebook, the words “Black Men” are seen crossed out with the n-word written above it in permanent marker.
The man nor his teammate seem discouraged by the hateful act, instead the man’s teammate says, “the way evil wins is when you let it stop you from accomplishing your plans whether it be in health, wealth or family,” which they neither of them have any intention of doing.
Black Men Run’s mission is to promote “health for Black men as individuals and as a community,” according to the man.
The full post can be read below.
***** this isn’t my vehicle, it’s that of my Co-captain Larry Copeland*****
To say I’m pissed is an understatement, someone actively went out to try and marginalize a major accomplishment of one of my brothas. If you know anything about the blood, sweat and tears that go into completing a 26.2, let alone doing it when 99% of the field doesn’t look like you, then you can see how much of a slap in the face this is. There are bunch of cowards in this country that are trying to make their last stand and they’re getting real bold in light of certain events.
Black Men Run is about health for us as individuals and as a community. I never needed a BMR shirt for it to completely obvious that I was a black man running and that I wasn’t represented very well in this running game outside of the Kenyans in the elite Olympic fields. Larry helped me build this chapter up from when I was just running by myself or with my son, to where it is now with our presence being felt in the Columbus running circuit and our representation is turning heads. The way evil wins is when you let it stop you from accomplishing your plans whether it be in heath, wealth or family.
NOT TODAY SATAN!! We have hopes, dreams and goals to chase down and we need our brothas there with us to keep us on the right path. Mr. Copeland has been my brotha since the first day I met him and I’d do anything for him to help him get what he wants in life. That’s what this brotherhood is about and no bigot with a Sharpie will stop us from that mission. We have miles to run and we’re bringing along all who want to be more and do more. BLACK MEN RUN COLUMBUS, OH AIN’T GOING NOWHERE, WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED!!!