What We Need To Know
A Teammates Guide To Talking About Race
My name is Joy Wilde and I'm a 12 year old black girl. I live in Washington State, and enjoy playing all sports. But softball is my true love. I play for Team Seattle 14U, and I'm working hard every day so I can play for The University of Washington. When I grow up I want to be a product designer or a coach for the University of Washington's Husky softball team.
"You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise."
About The Project
Have you ever heard a story that made you want to do something to change the world? I have. For me, it was the story of 18 softball players quitting a team altogether to stand up for Black Lives. When I heard about how these strong women on the Scrap Yard Dawgs left their organization and created This Is Us Softball, I became inspired. (If you haven’t heard this story yet, click here for the link) I was left wanting to be part of the racial change that’s erupting in our country. I decided I wanted to publish a collection of “stories for change” from female athletes who’ve battled racism in the sports world.
My goal is to create a guide for female athletic teams that educates players about issues involving race, and also serves as a jumping off point for more discussions around race. Each chapter would include a story from a Black/Indigenous/Person of Color (BIPOC).
My thought process is that if my teammates knew how much some of their comments hurt me, they wouldn’t say them. I want to make a place where BIPOC voices are strong and loud. This will educate non BIPOC teammates so they help create a culture where everyone can shine.
"I wanted to publish a collection of “stories for change” from female athletes who’ve battled racism in the sports world."
I know it’s not our job as people of color to educate White people about our culture, especially when it hurts so much to recount these experiences, but in participating in this project you will be taking down a piece of the barrier that is shielding racism on sports teams. What if we came together and made something so that future powerful girls of color could fully participate? What if your story made another person think before speaking? It will take too long for White people to figure it all out on their own, and I want to make a difference now. Don’t you?
"In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist."
You must be age 14+
A personal story that you believe can be used to educate and foster a dialogue for teams
Poems, comics, etc. welcomed (I’m good with anything)
Think of a story you believe would teach someone to think twice before speaking or encourage someone to stand up for others
Include a picture of yourself if you are comfortable with it and answer these questions: your name, age, race, accomplishments, sport, job, and your current team.
Target audience is 12U girls through college-level women
You will still own the rights to your story
To submit your story email me at: email@example.com
There is no monetary compensation, but I will make you a handmade gift