Most Likely being the youngest one here, I am sure that what I say will not only be ostracized but most definitely criticized. Especially because of my name. He was not making a wise choice in what he did. He messed up big time. I will go as far as to even say the choice he made was stupid. and that the result of his actions will most likely haunt him for some time.
However, the fact that throughout this time he is still being attacked is a slight overkill.
I think that the past is the past and people should just move on.
And here's an even better idea, if you want to be an even better person, forgive him.
That does not mean trust him or anything of the sort, but to rather let it go and let the past stay in the past.
Thank you for your time.
So this girl whines about "cultural appropriation" and then doesn't even know enough about what she claims to be her culture to avoid screwing up even entering the place.
This is a fantastic piece: Bryan did a great job of talking to a ton of important voices on the local scene.
For bikes the Durham Bike Coop has been helping people get the skills to maintain a bike and providing bikes (no-cost or low cost). Many avid bikers with experience to share.
Bike Durham is an organization that promotes bicycling in Durham. They are advocates for changes to support bicycling and also host and promote bicycle events.
In case you haven't seen, this video features several people of color, including one who commutes everywhere on his bike.
Rich, I thought I was the only who noticed that about the bike section. That the only person of color, a Black man no less, was represented as a thief. That was...underwhelming and hardly inspires me to want to continue reading. Part of me was disappointed because the Indy should represent a departure of the status quo as far as who they feature and in what context. The other part of me had to remind myself that I shouldn't have such expectations that a paper who represents independent lifestyles would also have independent thinking and be more aware of perceptions. Oh that and some journalists are lazy and they stick to their circles and try not to do much digging for the sake of the article. The bike section here appeared to be paint by number: extolling the virtue of one group (White) while presenting the antithesis of another (Black)...status quo.
If that was harsh, then consider this...my comment is here buried among others. Your representation in this article was seen by all who clicked in bright and in color, albeit a monochromatic one.
By the way, no POC riders? http://thegrio.com/2013/09/25/black-men-take-to-bikes/
I wrote that piece for MSNBC while I was in NC volunteering at the Recyclery.
Thanks Grayson. Paolo's story was fantastic. And I won't debate his qualifications as a POC, because I don't think that's a healthy discussion. There are plenty of home-grown, or transplant, riders in the Triangle who don't fit the WM distinction. If you'd ever like to meet and talk with some of them, personally or on behalf of the Indy, I'll be happy to facilitate a meeting.
Inclusive, not exclusive. That's what we aim for. If we never open the dialogue, all we can ever attain is the status quo. And the status quo ain't what it used to be...
Perhaps to balance the issue, the next Ride will feature all POCs? I'd personally kiss your check, which is either an incentive or deterrent, depending on how much you like me.
I've already been called a racist and "part of the problem" by a white male (who happens to be part of the Carrboro biking advocacy community) because I dared to question whether he should remain the default representative for all things cycling. Not him personally, mind you. But his group. White males. And no, I didn't say that to him. He simply reacted angrily to me suggesting that POCs should have been included, as he exclaimed "black people just don't ride bikes." Besides the ridiculousness of his accusation and claims, I guess what I'd like to accentuate is that, directly or indirectly, we should all avoid reinforcing that particular mind set.
Let's continue this over coffee one day...
Hey, Rich. Thanks for the continued discussion. You're right about the cancelations, of course. One quick clarification, though I don't necessarily mean it is an exculpation: Paulo, who is the lead story here, is from Brazil, as mentioned in the piece. There's some debate about where Brazil falls in the classification you've used above, but I at least felt compelled to point it out. Thanks again for what you do.
Thanks Grayson. Last year's story was definitely a success story, but he's a novelty rider, and a great one at that. But we need to accentuate normal, everyday riders of all shapes and sizes and shades. Next time you need racial diversity, come to our shop. It's in your control to see more racial diversity. A few cancellations shouldn't lead to further solidifying the untrue myth that POCs don't ride bikes.
And I use POC as a catch-all. Black men and women, Asian men and women, Hispanic men and women, south Asian men and women, they all ride and work at the ReCYCLEry, and should be visible. That sentence is just too long to tweet, hence the POC acronym. 😔
I believe your intention is always good. I love the Indy. Which is why I'll harshly criticize when I think the paper I love missed the mark.
Hey, Rich. Thanks for the comment, and I certainly value that perspective. Two POC, as you prefer, canceled for the commuter guide during the last 10 days before publication, which was a bummer. And last year's cover subject was a black man who, about an hour ago, used our story to help fund his Kickstarter campaign. I would have, like you, liked to have seen more racial diversity in this edition, and it's something we'll certainly continue to work on in the future. Thanks!
Love this (and The ReCYCLEry's awesome mechanic classes get mentioned by our friend Anthony Pergolotti)... but where are the POC? (For those acronym-challenged, that's People Of Color). C'mon Indy Week...bicycle commuters come in all shades and sizes. Why can't our lists be representative of our communities?
By the way, bike section: white guy, white guy, white guy, white girl, four white guys, one white girl, brown bike thief. I guess that's what's meant by diversity... The ReCYCLEry knows lots of people who bike to work who aren't of the same demographic. Or the same hue. I expect more from the Indy...
Rich Giorgi, Founder and Board Chair of the ReCYCLEry
Not sure what this has to do with bike safety, unless you want to permanently lock a ghost bike to a roadside pole in Durham.
Perhaps next year's Indy Ride issue can include discussions on infrastructure improvements, cyclists legal rights and responsibilities and tips on how riders can protect themselves on our roads.
Also the officers and da have always speculated that Browne was always just the face and someone else was the one actually getting there hands dirty. If that's the case there is still someone very much at large.
Speculation and fact are two different things. I find it very odd that everyone knows something now, yet nobody knew anything when it actually mattered. Either way this article is a waster of time and money. There are far more rapes and murders to worry about then a pos that plead down to possession of stolen property... Like come on, the da didn't even make a larceny or burglary stick just a possession.
There isn't anything I can say that wasn't already stated in the article. I'm connecting the dots here and anybody could do the same. Maybe it is unfair to say he has been "lifting" bicycles for 10 years, but I do know that he's been flipping them for as long as I can remember. Anyone that knows Christian would tell you that he flips bicycles. That they were stolen is pretty obvious in hindsight. I believe he stole them because it just doesn't make sense... selling a bicycle in Texas that was stolen in Raleigh, where he is from, and he just happened to drive all the way halfway across the country to sell it someplace else. I am NOT trash and I'm certainly not an accomplice! If I had anything to tell the police about this you better believe I would. I had four bicycles stolen from me and what thieves fail to understand is that people depend on their bikes! Or they just don't care. I believe in karma though and if it's true that he has been stealing bikes, they'll catch him. I have full confidence in police and Baker in this case.
The only reason I said anything at all is that I can't believe this is an article submitted to Indyweek. Why does this exist? Why is the author fawning over him? And why did the author name out the guy that told him he wasn't welcome to the bike rides? It all seems really half-baked and unprofessional.
If you want more details, the videos can be seem on this Youtube channel:
The camera is a Mobius Camera:
with an waterproof case:
and an external battrey pack:
... and if your bike is stolen, get it registered on stolen.bikeindex.org, which gives the biking community tools to ID and return stolen bikes, and to staunch the sale of stolen bikes online.
I highly doubt you have know him for 10 years or that this has been going on that long. Also if this is even true what type of trash are you that you would not report it to the police??? You know that is an illegal and called being an accomplice... You what's the deal @littlebuttercup??
A thousand times yes re minding your manners on green ways. Slow down and call out well before you think you really need to. The whir of your spokes and the rattling of your frame may sound plenty loud when you're riding, but to the rest of us you're in stealth mode. And that goes double for dogs, who really don't like being startled.
(The vast majority of cyclists on our trail do this, BTW, and I thank them for it every time.)
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