End Racism Hand-Painted Skateboard Decks
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On the eve of the killing of George Floyd, I was thinking about the protests and how I might contribute. Inspired by the use of household items like leaf blowers and umbrellas by protestors, my idea was to take old skateboards and paint them with a message, creating a sign that doubles as transportation for protestors.
"End Racism" has a history in skateboarding, first appearing when pro skater Tommy Guerrero wrote it in large letters on the bottom of his board in 1989. The hand-scrawled message made it into a number of magazines and videos, inspiring kids all over the world to write it on their own decks. I was one of those kids.
I painted two old decks I had lying around, posting them to Instagram with the offer to paint the message on anyone's board who wanted it painted for free. I have since painted countless boards for people who want them and have donated all proceeds to AWARE-LA. I believe skateboarding is the perfect vehicle for this message and I'm committed to continue fighting until real equality is achieved.
The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere – Los Angeles (AWARE-LA) is an all-volunteer alliance of white anti-racist people organizing to challenge racism and work for racial justice in transformative alliance with people of color. We take collective action to build white anti-racist and multiracial alliances to contribute to a broad-based, social justice movement.
Tommy Guerrero 1989 photo by Joshua Curry