So, here it is, a simple photo of a cute kid standing next to an old race boat. Seems normal enough today. Now, look closer. The cute kid is African American. And that brings up an interesting topic. How come there are not more minorities on our passion? I am not saying there are not, but sure seems like an old white guy thing. I suppose we could go on and on about memories and how back in the day it was only well to do white families that were privileged enough to go boating, so the memory is there. But maybe that’s not the case? Are we as a group, not inviting of different cultures? I am being honest here, I don’t know. I am an old white guy, and so I see the world through my blue eyed lens. I certainly invite diversity. But maybe I am putting out vibes that I am not aware of? Are we all? I would say I don’t think so? But then again, I am not all that aware of things these days.
It’s an interesting topic that of course has land mines all over it, and will no doubt ruin my week because I even bring up the topic. But its true, we as a Classic Boat culture are very white! The car world isn’t. So its not for the lack of loving cool old stuff. I see all sorts of people on boats out on the water, so its not a boat thing? Is it that old woody boats are icons of something and a time that is just bad? I don’t think so. I am asked all the time about my boats by all sorts of Diverse people. Cool is cool. So what is it?
Maybe if we as a group, were to look deep into our souls, and for a second think about it, we could reach out to diverse groups and try new things to attract new people. I know we will here at Woody Boater. And to think, a little snap shot of a cute kid standing next to a boat could mean and provoke so much.YOU CAN SEE THE EBAY PHOTO HERE