In general I'm against social media, because it provides people the means to take sound bites that fit their agenda out of context. If you are not going to read or quote this in it's entirety, just move along.
Twitter, as used by many, including Elon Musk, Donald Trump and now Greg Glassman, is a form of communication where you toss out a sound bite that makes sense to you, and then everyone who is on your feed interprets it through their own social lens.
Greg Glassman made a response stating "FLOYD-19" to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington which tweeted that "racism is a public health issue". He has since explained that this was in reference to IHME's recommended policies of lockdowns as a response to the COVID virus - BBC Link,
This cryptic statement has lead to many people labeling Greg as a racist. Reebok has stated that they are pulling future sponsorships. Many affiliates are dropping their affiliation fees and several prominent CrossFit athletes are stating that they will no longer participate in the CrossFit Games.
Along with this cryptic twitter post there has been a calling out for the lack of commentary by CrossFit on the Black Lives Matter movement. Statements floating around social media are that if you refuse to comment on this issue, you are a racist. This strong arming tactic of Social Justice Warriors is ridiculous. Having to come out and say racism is wrong, is just as idiotic as having to assert that Rape is wrong or that air pollution is wrong, pick your crusade, there are plenty of things wrong in this world that need to be addressed. Many are vocal on their opinions, but few take meaningful action.
Stating that lack of outrage is the same as assent is asinine. I choose to focus my energy on things in which I can have the greatest good. Making a comment on social media to add my voice to the chaos provides little return to the world at large. Helping one person get some form of control on one aspect of their life, echos through every person that they are then able to help in return.
My primary concern is the community here at our gym that I can aid in any way on a day to day basis. You are my focus, and through these troubling times, it has been amazingly heart warming to see you all pull together for each other.
I am not married to CrossFit any more than I am married to the University of Montana where I received my education. Both have been paid for the lessons that I have received and benefited from. Going down the road, if an affiliation is more of a detriment to the community that I support and represent I will break ties. If it continues to be a benefit, where those seeking help are lead to us, I will continue our affiliation.
We are Alternative Athletics. We feel that the fear and drama stirred up by social media and media at large does not provide to the greater good. However, my voice is one of many. What are your thoughts, should our little community stay connected to the CrossFit community at large? Please post comments on our website AlternativeAthletics.com so that we can keep this conversation cohesive and not divided over many platforms. (This is the first test to see whether you have read this post in its entirety.)
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