“This is our chance...to think beyond what the mainstream media is telling us.”Knox RobinsonAgainst 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. The visually inclined can watch our conversation on YouTube. And as always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.This is a special conversation. I'm better for having had it. I hope you will be similarly impacted.Peace + Plants,Listen, Watch & SubscribeApple Podcasts | YouTube | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PodcastsThanks to this week’s sponsorsJaybird: Pioneering audio for the active, Jaybird makes the most advanced and durable headphones I have ever tried. Their true wireless Vista earbuds (my favorite) are not only waterproof and sweatproof with industry-leading battery life, but they also meet U.S. military rugged compliance standards. 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To save 20% on a new pair of killer sunglasses or prescription eyewear, visit roka.com/richroll.For a complete list of all RRP sponsors, vanity URLs and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".Show NotesConnect with Knox: InstagramBlack Roses NYC: Website | Instagram | TwitterBook: The African Game* by Knox RobinsonRunner's World: How to Be an Ally to the Black Running CommunityGear Patrol: Inside the Black Roses: NYC’s Fastest and Most Elusive Run ClubBilly Yang Films: MONTANA | The Window SeatYouTube: Run Wild | Knox Robinson | JaybirdYouTube: Jaybird Run Wild SeriesJaybird: Run Wild: A Fresh Perspective with Knox RobinsonNIKE: Unlimited Vibes: A Look Into Knox Robinson’s Unlimited NYCRunner’s World: Street Style: Knox Robinson by David E. GrafMen’s Journal: Run, Sweat, Party, Repeat: Knox Robinson’s Best Advice for Beginner Runners by Bill BradleyOutside Podcast: Dispatches: Knox Robinson Crafts Running CultureCompetitor Running: Last Lap with Knox Robinson: The Explorer by Adam ElderFatherly: How To Have A Kid, A Job, And A Sub-3-Hour Marathon TimeMagazine: The FaderAllyship ResourcesGoogle Doc: Anti-Racist Resource GuideGoogle Doc: Anti-Racism Resources for White PeopleNew Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community PolicingEqual Justice Initiative: Tragic Death of George Floyd Reveals Continuing Problem of Police ViolenceTED: How we can make racism a solvable problem — and improve policingCampaign Zero: joincampaignzero.org8 Can’t Wait: 8cantwait.orgGoFundMe: George Floyd Memorial FundChange.org: Justice for Breonna TaylorGoFundMe: George Floyd Memorial FundBlack Lives Matter: ResourcesReclaim The Block: reclaimtheblock.orgThe Marshall Project: themarshallproject.orgThe Bail Project: bailproject.orgBail Funds: List of Bail Funds for ProtestorsNAACP: Legal Defense and Education FundRun With Maud: runwithmaud.comCrooked Media: Vote Save AmericaThe Atlantic: The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nahisi CoatesNY Times: The 1619 ProjectNY Times: 1619 PodcastBad Form Review: Racism Reading ListSojourners: For Our White Friends Desiring To Be AlliesThe Ezra Klein Show: Why Ta-Nahesi Coates Is HopefulNetflix: Black Lives Matter CollectionRelated Podcasts You Might EnjoyRRP #394: Knox Robinson on Running As RebellionRRP #243: Coach George Raveling on Breaking Civil Rights BarriersRRP #299: Shaka Senghor on Righting WrongsRRP #526: This Is America - Byron Davis & Phil Allen, Jr.HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE PODCAST?Tell Your Friends & Share Online!Subscribe & Review: iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Soundcloud | Google PodcastsDonate: Check out our Patreon accountSupport The Sponsors: One of the best ways to support the podcast is to support our sponsors. For a complete list of all RRP sponsors and their respective vanity URLs and discount codes, visit my Resources page and click "Sponsors".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.*Disclosure: Books and products denoted with an asterisk are hyperlinked to an affiliate program. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.