Monday, May 13, 2019

It is not a movement based on...

Over the last few months many people on Reddit have seen a proliferation of posts espousing racist, anti-Semitic, and other disgusting language directed toward them under the guise of support for #ProRelForUSA. Some of these people have even implied that they are in support of Daniel Workman and my own efforts to create systemic change in American soccer.

Here are just a few small examples... 

Back in 2016 I penned a letter that was signed by 17 people (including Daniel Workman) who are outspoken supporters of the #ProRelForUSA movement.


To quote this letter

"It is not a movement based on personal attacks, negativity, degradation, racism, ethnic prejudice and hatred."

That statement holds just as true today as it did these years ago.

I am an easily "Google'able" person... search me and find my work as the Racial Justice Director of the YWCA Charleston... find the Race to End Racism 5k Run Walk... find my articles...  find my work as a 4-H agent for West Virginia State Univ. with inner city children in program after program... find my work in soccer... find our inclusive club... find me calling out US soccer for its lack of diversity and structural sexism...  what you will not find is support for racism, antisemitism, homophobia, misogyny, etc.

Once again I am going to use my voice, as limited as it is, to stand up and say that these attacks are not welcome.

We do not want your "help" fighting for #ProRelForUSA if this is what your "help" is.