I was checking out roller skating books at Harold Washington Library, and there were very few black people in the few books I found. Bill Butler’s book is the only book that featured black people. Bill is black, by the way. The few books that did highlight black people showed them in the 1970s during the roller disco days. That is NOT when black people started skating, and if I had to rely on the information I found, I would be SOL.
What was worse than those roller skating books were the sports books that did not even acknowledge skating as a sport! What??? This is not looking to good.
When I just Googled roller skating images, there was only one image with black people. This is getting ridiculous.
Do you know what this means? It’s time for me to get busy and make those connections to make sure that our place in roller skating history is known. And to help change the color of those images in Google.
Ok, went through my stash and found a pic with Chocolate People.
To anyone reading this post who gets offended, please know that although I am trying to make light of this topic, I am highly perturbed. Imagine trying to find information relevant to your history only to know that you have been intentionally ignored. Actually, I know black people througout history have been ignored, but this is terrible.