Skateboarding seeks to flip its image of whiteness

Houston (AFP) – Wheels whir and clatter as Jerahn Thomas and his skateboarding friends land tricks on the streets of downtown Houston, each success bringing broad smiles to their faces. Passers-by at nearby taco stands seem oblivious to their skill — but it doesn’t matter to Thomas. “What we’ve been through those last months, that’s history in the making,” the 25-year-old, dressed in a beanie, hoodie and glasses, told AFP on a recent Friday in January. The reason for his excitement? Thrasher, the iconic skateboarding magazine, recently confronted a historic image of whiteness in his sport by …

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