When I was developing the idea of True Spirit CrossFit (6 years ago!) I wanted to create a place where everyone is welcome. I decided then that our gym's core values are safe, inclusive, fun and effective. Every decision we make, to host an event, or to develop a new program must align with those values.
We're just a small gym in Montana and outside of our Bozeman bubble the nation is churning with rage, sadness, uncertainty and being mad as hell and not willing to take it anymore. I, too, am mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.
When I was in the military I served with hard-working, courageous, brave, and dedicated men and women of all backgrounds. It was an honor to serve along side people who banded together to accomplish the mission. While we did have some tensions based on race, I didn't see those manifest when scud missiles came downrange. We said everyone bleeds red and you can't see anything but green when you're in a gas mask and in nuclear, biological, chemical warfare protective gear.
When Ahmed Aubrey was murdered while jogging it could have been my platoon sergeant out on a PT run. It could have been the "boot" Lieutenant in charge of our logistics department. It could have been any of the black men with whom I served.
When George Floyd was murdered it could have been the Gunny who saved my ass when I caught on fire from burning jet fuel. It could have been my squadron commander who pinned on my sergeant's stripes. It could have been any of the black men with whom I served.
Yes, we have a terrible and tragic history of systematic racism. We also have an opportunity to unite. We have to ask tough questions and listen. We have to not take things personally. We have to not make assumptions. We have to be impeccable with our words. We have to do our best.
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