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A Response to Current Events (Black Lives Matter)
In this week’s episode of Ask Me Anything, Jerred answers a few questions about recent current events. Specifically, the Black Lives Matter Movement.
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Ask Me Anything: A Response to Current Events (Black Lives Matter)
[00:00:00] Jerred Moon: Welcome to garage gym athlete asked me anything. It’s pretty simple. I’ll be answering questions from the thousands of athletes that follow our daily programming. If you have a question or topic you want submitted, go to dot com slash AMA. Let’s get started.
All right, ladies and gentlemen, Jared moon here from into three fitness. Welcome to the garage gym athlete podcast, doing an ask me anything today. so this, this asked me anything is in regards to current events. So had a few emails, questions about, you know, just current events, things that are going on.
I don’t normally talk about these things or discuss them, just cause I don’t. Typically feel like this is the place to do that. And I want to, I want to answer those questions and, you know, give an official statement. now I have prepared, all of my responses. I typed them out where I had time to think about [00:01:00] them and, and give proper response, because this is for two reasons, really.
I, you know, this is a very emotionally charged issue on me to make sure I get it right. And also I’m not accustomed to speaking about current events publicly. so I wanted to also, like I said, make sure that I got it right. So this was a very incredibly. Tactful email I got from Caleb. Who’s part of our community.
And he had ultimately four questions and I wanted to answer them because if any of you have similar questions, I think they will all get answered here. So the first question is when do you plan on making a statement on current events and the black lives matter movement? And now is when I will make that statement.
And it’s not just because I was asked, you know, I. Analyze things in a lot of depth, before I make statements before I do anything, I I’m just, I that’s how I do programming. That’s how I do business everything. I just, I really analyze things in depth before I make decisions or, or say things I’m very slow in that regard.
the second question is why have you chosen to refrain from refrain from saying anything for this long. Now I wanted to get a first, I wanted to first [00:02:00] get to depth with my family, which I did. I recently took a trip with my wife and we had hours and days to discuss things we wouldn’t usually get to discuss at such depth.
And this topic was one of them. So I’m thankful for that opportunity. I also wanted this to be about action and not words, and I wanted to be. Clear. All of my actions would be what I did not want was simply to participate in virtue signaling. If anyone listening is unfamiliar virtue signaling is the sharing of one’s point of view on a social or political issue often on social media to garner praise or acknowledgement of one’s righteousness from others who share that point of view or to passively or Buke.
Those who do not. I wanted to make sure I was not just saying something to say something. I wanted to have a plan. Perhaps waiting a few days. It seems like in decisiveness, but this shouldn’t be a hot topic for only a few days. This is something we should be thinking about in our day to day lives from now and into the future.
Doesn’t third question. If you do not plan to sit plan on saying anything, why is that? No, I’m not going to lie. [00:03:00] Initially. I did not plan to say anything never before as a person or business owner. Have I been in a position where not saying something was to take a polarizing stance? Like any of you? I have a lot of opinions on various topics from views on abortion, presidential candidates, personal religious beliefs, and many others.
At first, I didn’t feel like I should use this platform to further my views on what happened to George Floyd and subsequently. What was sparked in America because I don’t do so for any other opinion, I have outside of fitness. However, in this issue there aren’t two sides. What I mean by that is two people could sit around and argue Democrat versus Republican all day, but in the face of racism and injustice, there is no argument.
There is no place for racism and injustice is not aside. It is just wrong. As a fitness, professional and honored. Okay. I aim to help people improve and become better humans. And [00:04:00] I usually like to do so without sparking controversy, but there should be no controversy about racism or any quality. His last question, I’ve seen many others, other people I learned from and work with speak their peace.
Would you do the same? And my response to that is I would love to racism is wrong and into three fitness stands with the black community and wholeheartedly supports equality to our black Rajim athletes. We are with you, you matter, your family, friends, and community matter your lives matter. You are in our hearts and our prayers.
The truth is that racial, injustice and inequality persists. To help change that it is critical, critical to not only say something about it, but to do something about it. The first step is thoughtful. Self-examination, that’s where I’m at now. I feel the most significant impact I can have right now is with my family and the local community.
And that’s my current focus next. [00:05:00] I’m looking to listen, learn and speak up. That’s how change happens. And the three fitness has been and always will be about inclusion. 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year for so many reasons. And the only way we will get through it is to take, to take care of each other.
So let’s embrace discomfort through hard conversations and action, and come out better for doing so. Thanks for listening guys. Do you have any questions about anything? Go to garage and athlete.com/ama and let me know.
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