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This week’s Heart of Sports comes out of All Elite Wrestling. Pro Wrestler and Executive VP of AEW, Cody Rhodes, was speaking to a gaggle of reporters on some topics that some might find surprising for a macho white professional wrestler: racism and diversity.
Cody, the son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, Dustin Rhodes, is married to a black woman, Brandi Rhodes. Brandi is a legend in her own right. She was the first black ring announcer of a WrestleMania (in 2015), and last year became the first African American woman to hold an executive position in a North American wrestling organization.
Rhodes spoke of how his relationship with Brandi helped him to grow in understanding these issues:
“I told Brandi one time that I don’t see color and she said ‘well, then you don’t see my experience,’” – @CodyRhodes on how being in an interracial marriage has helped with diversity in @AEWrestling and why diversity will be a way of life and not a publicity stunt. pic.twitter.com/bucN8KBVUMDon’t like ads? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) May 26, 2019
As Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, remarked, it was a powerful moment: “This exchange is a promising peek into what growth looks like in our national discourse on race.”
It sure does.
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