Black Equestrians Want to Be Safe. But They Can’t Find Helmets. For Black riders with natural hair, finding a helmet that fits can be virtually impossible. Some are trying to raise awareness of the problem, but manufacturers say it’s not a simple fix. – New York Times
Good thing there’s nothing else going on in the world. These aren’t just first-world problems, they’re absurdly upper-class problems.
Black equestrians have long felt virtually invisible in a sport that remains overwhelmingly white. For those with natural hair, which for many is a declaration of pride and Black identity, finding a helmet that fits properly can be nearly impossible, creating yet another barrier to full inclusion.
You can get a haircut or find a sport that doesn’t require a helmet, like a functional adult. Or blame racism.
In an interview, James Ruder, the chief executive, said the company’s helmets can accommodate most riders. He added that he had “never once heard” about a Black rider struggling with helmet fit.
“If you have an ‘oddity’ — and I don’t mean to be disrespectful to the people who have weird hairstyles — but if you have a hairstyle that impacts the functionality of the helmet, you might just have to change it,” Mr. Ruder said.
In a follow-up interview, Mr. Ruder stood by his view that riders need to be aware that their hairstyle choices can affect helmet safety, and added that he intended no offense with his comments. “I’m bald, and some people find that weird,” he said. “It’s all relative.”
Black riders say the manufacturers’ responses demonstrate what they’re up against.
“Sports were only developed for white people and they continue to keep white people protected,” Ms. Robbins said. “People need to realize diversity and inclusion belongs anywhere, especially in sports.”
Sports were only developed for white people. There are no black people in sports. None at all.
Helmets have to fit your head. If you have big hair, they won’t safely fit your head. You can be white and have big hair. Or you can be black and have big hair. Either way you’re making a choice of priorities. And instead of owning those choices, people with the disposable income to do this play the victim.
Honduran Migrants Kill, Try to Eat Bald Eagle
A symbol of what has happened to America.
The Bald Eagle is a symbol of America. And this story is a symbol of what has happened to America.
Two men were charged with misdemeanors on Wednesday after they entered a private property in Nebraska, found a bald eagle perched on a tree and shot it at close range before hauling the large protected bird in their vehicle with the intent to eat it later, the authorities said.
The men, Ramiro Hernandez-Tziquin and Domingo Zetino-Hernandez, both 20, were charged with unlawful possession of an eagle, according to the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office. Though they apparently might not have known they had killed a bald eagle, the men, who are originally from Honduras and do not speak English, could face additional federal charges as officials investigate, the authorities said.
Mr. Hernandez-Tziquin and Mr. Zetino-Hernandez told the deputies that “they intended to take it home and cook it and eat it,”
The driver apparently also didn’t have a driver’s license which is typical of migrants and illegal aliens.
Nothing has been confirmed, but the two men are not American citizens, don’t speak English and are living marginally. Who kills eagles or vultures to eat them? It’s not exactly fine cuisine.
Another angle though is the growing presence of cartel members in wildlife areas in America.
As well as growing more common, the enterprise has become more organized. International drug cartels – made up largely of Mexican nationals – seem especially drawn to the bounty. And their harvests can be huge: last year, officials here seized the biggest stash of all, with 34,000 plants in five locations at an estimated street value of $140 million. Complicating the task for law enforcement is the strain on resources. Park budgets have tightened, and many of the available rangers have been shifted to more popular haunts.
“The most [visitors] used to worry about is running into a grizzly bear. Now there is the specter of violence by a masked alien toting an AK-47,” says David Barna, chief spokesman for the National Park Service (NPS). He and others say the problem is national, but most pronounced in California, Utah, and Arkansas, and in parks with international borders such as Big Bend in Texas and Glacier in Montana.
Dave wouldn’t call them aliens now.
Environmentalists used to oppose illegal migration because of the impact on the natural world, but these days all the wings of the Left are on the same page and cheering on the dismantling of America.
A bald eagle is just a bird, but there is something to symbols. Even if they’re random, we invest our mythology in them. But who can complain about undocumented Democrats killing birds and animals, when they’re killing Americans?