The Historical Whiteness of Running
Since two white men killed Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a jog, there’s been a lot more conversation about “running while black”. What’s strange is that-- for a few years in fact-- there’s actually been increasing discussion of runner’s safety inside the running community. The catch? It’s focused primarily on (white) women. So why-- until recently-- has it been easier to talk about runner’s safety for white women than for runners of color? The answer involves World War II, the founder of Nike, yuppies and the Central Park Five case.