I know for the past couple months you all have allowed me to go off on Covid stuff, and now with the protests, it can be a tad overwhelming the pain and misery we as a country are going through. But because the Classic Boat Community audience is mostly old white men. The other part is old white women, all three of you. I do feel compelled to try, and help us all, myself included. I am the last person to speak on this subject. I don’t understand because I have not lived it, and yet want to. At my ad agency we have had many meetings on this subject and tried to figure out what can we do. Like Woody Boater my agency is not as diverse as we all wish it was. Diversity is an good thing in the world, and in marketing a huge asset. We recruit all sorts of differing points of views.
The one thing we all leaned over all from this, is, as a white person, I still need to listen and learn. To support, and to be unified. But we need to let the people that live this hell, speak, and we must listen. Not violence, or looting, for the good of ourselves. To make us better humans.
I have often wondered why there are not so many African Americans in the classic boating culture. Really? Like back in the 1940’s -50′ and 60’s African American people went out on there speed boats from their lake house. It’s a sad truth. Chances are it was all segregated. There are Black Sailing Clubs, and there were “Black Resorts”
Did Chris-Craft and other boat companies ever photograph black people in their ads? No. Anyone? No. Being in the ad business for 40 years. I remember having to make a choice to put a black person in an ad. It would be a debate about who are we talking to. That all seems crazy now. And yet here we are. With this stuff again.
The one positive note is clearly the world is together on this as a message of unity. And that shows growth. And we are a better place because of it.
So I suggest this. Invite the discussion. Listen to those who know. Call someone you know that lives this, and ask, and then listen. It would be enlightening to see our classic boat world through a set of different eyes. Yet, eyes all the same.
Below is a list of places to listen and understand.
A list of resources to help.
What to Watch
Dear White People
See You Yesterday
When They See Us
If Beale Street Could Talk
The Hate U Give
Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers
What to Listen To
Code Switch (NPR)
Pod Save the People
What to Read
How to Be Less Stupid About Race – Crystal Fleming
Black Feminist Thought – Patricia Hill Collins
How to Be An Antiracist – Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon
So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility: Why it’s so hard for White People to Talk about Racism – Robin DiAngelo, PhD
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness- Michelle Alexander
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Dr. Brittney Cooper
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century: Grace Lee Boggs
Just Mercy: Bryan Stevenson
“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)