Knox Robinson on The Divided States of America
“This is our chance...to think beyond what the mainstream media is telling us.”Knox Robinson
Against the backdrop of a global pandemic has emerged the most powerful civil rights movement of our lifetime -- an irrefutably historic moment that will indelibly shape the economic, political, and social fabric of our country for decades to come.
To help us untangle the rhetoric behind our country's supercharged division, today Knox Robinson joins the podcast.
Returning for his second appearance on the show (RRP #394 rests among my all time favorite episodes), Knox is a writer, athlete, national caliber runner, eponymous curator of running culture, and an astute student of black history, art, literature, music and poetry. Formally commencing under the tutelage Poet Laureate Maya Angelou at Wake Forest University, Knox's education has continued throughout the many chapters of his life. As a spoken word artist and music manager. As editor-in-chief of Fader magazine. And more recently as co-founder and captain of Black Roses NYC -- a diverse collective of running enthusiasts who routinely gather to hammer out intervals across Brooklyn & downtown Manhattan.
Put plainly, urban culture is Knox's lifeblood.
One of the most interesting and multi-faceted humans I have ever met, today Knox shares an important perspective on America's crossroads.
This is an investigation into the culture shifts caused by the pandemic and protests alike.
It's a conversation about the intersection of sport, politics and civil rights. Black American representation in athletics. And where we go from here.
It's also about virtue signaling. Performative allyship. And why reading White Fragility simply isn’t enough.
But more than anything, this is a conversation about the power and poetics of running. Running as metaphor. Running as an act of rebellion — and the disturbing symbolism behind Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.
I left this exchange better for having had it.
This is a special conversation. I'm better for having had it. I hope you will be similarly impacted.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect with Knox: Instagram
- Black Roses NYC: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- Book: The African Game* by Knox Robinson
- Runner's World: How to Be an Ally to the Black Running Community
- Gear Patrol: Inside the Black Roses: NYC’s Fastest and Most Elusive Run Club
- Billy Yang Films: MONTANA | The Window Seat
- YouTube: Run Wild | Knox Robinson | Jaybird
- YouTube: Jaybird Run Wild Series
- Jaybird: Run Wild: A Fresh Perspective with Knox Robinson
- NIKE: Unlimited Vibes: A Look Into Knox Robinson’s Unlimited NYC
- Runner’s World: Street Style: Knox Robinson by David E. Graf
- Men’s Journal: Run, Sweat, Party, Repeat: Knox Robinson’s Best Advice for Beginner Runners by Bill Bradley
- Outside Podcast: Dispatches: Knox Robinson Crafts Running Culture
- Competitor Running: Last Lap with Knox Robinson: The Explorer by Adam Elder
- Fatherly: How To Have A Kid, A Job, And A Sub-3-Hour Marathon Time
- Magazine: The Fader
- Google Doc: Anti-Racist Resource Guide
- Google Doc: Anti-Racism Resources for White People
- New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing
- Equal Justice Initiative: Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police Violence
- TED: How we can make racism a solvable problem — and improve policing
- Campaign Zero: joincampaignzero.org
- 8 Can’t Wait: 8cantwait.org
- GoFundMe: George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Change.org: Justice for Breonna Taylor
- GoFundMe: George Floyd Memorial Fund
- Black Lives Matter: Resources
- Reclaim The Block: reclaimtheblock.org
- The Marshall Project: themarshallproject.org
- The Bail Project: bailproject.org
- Bail Funds: List of Bail Funds for Protestors
- NAACP: Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Run With Maud: runwithmaud.com
- Crooked Media: Vote Save America
- The Atlantic: The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nahisi Coates
- NY Times: The 1619 Project
- NY Times: 1619 Podcast
- Bad Form Review: Racism Reading List
- Sojourners: For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies
- The Ezra Klein Show: Why Ta-Nahesi Coates Is Hopeful
- Netflix: Black Lives Matter Collection
Related Podcasts You Might Enjoy
- RRP #394: Knox Robinson on Running As Rebellion
- RRP #243: Coach George Raveling on Breaking Civil Rights Barriers
- RRP #299: Shaka Senghor on Righting Wrongs
- RRP #526: This Is America - Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.
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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering and show notes; Margo Lubin and Blake Curtis for video, editing and graphics; portraits by Ali Rogers; and theme music by Tyler Piatt. Trapper Piatt & Hari Mathis.
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