American Ninja Warrior, lawyer, and social scientist Sean Darling-Hammond took over the ANW Nation Instagram account for a day to provide his insights and thoughts around the Ninja Warrior community’s place in this historic moment. Around the world, organizations and private citizens are re-evaluating their perspectives and actions regarding racism in their communities and fields of interest.
The day started with Sean sharing why this subject was so close to his heart.
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For today, we're turning over this account to @thegivingninja, Sean Darling-Hammond. You'll see posts from Sean as he discusses the Ninja Warrior community's place in this historic moment. It all culminates in an Instagram Live tonight at 8pm EST/5 pm PST featuring @the.flying.phoenix, @sparklyninja, @onesieninja, @jjwoods87, and @ninjajessclay. #NinjasforBlackLives (Special thanks to @thepapercutninja for creating this comic!)
Sean posted three short, very insightful videos.
The first addressed what the Ninja Warrior community can bring to this moment.
The next discussed what the Ninja Warrior community can learn from this moment.
Finally, the third video shared three things we, as individuals, can do in this moment.
The day culminated in an Instagram Live session that was incredible to watch. Sean called upon his fellow Ninjas to share their stories and experiences with racism. JJ Woods, Barclay Stockett and Tee Jackson, Najee Richardson, and Jessica Clayton all joined him in the stream. Each gave deeply personal reflections on what this moment in time means to them.
It’s a bit of a long watch, but if you have the time, we can’t recommend it enough. It’s an eye-opening look at parts of the Ninjas’ lives that we certainly haven’t seen on TV.
We can’t thank Sean enough for all the time and effort he took in creating this Instagram takeover for us.