In light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening throughout the country, host Stacie Vanags focused the latest episode of the Salted Spirit podcast on the topic of racism. Joining her in the discussion is Rhonda Harper and Dr. Cassie Comley.
Harper is most well known for launching Black Girls Surf, an organization that supports black girls and women in surfing with the hopes of making the sport more accessible and inclusive. She’s been an outspoken activist ever since she was a little girl handing out flyers for the NAACP. Comley is one of the founders of Courage Camps, which aims to create a vibrant Latino surfing community. For her doctoral research in Sociology, Comely studied Mexican American female surfers and was inspired to create more opportunities for the Latinx community. Both activists are doing similar work, but are approaching the issue of inclusivity in different ways.
The podcast is worth the full listen if you’ve been wanting more clarity on the Black Lives Matter movement, and how we can support BIPOC communities in the outdoors.