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Watch the N-word webinar

Five outdoor enthusiasts joined Pocket Outdoor Media and Outdoor Industry Association for a candid conversation about if and when it's okay to use the N-word


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Is it ever okay to use the N-word? There is, of course, no definitive answer to that question, as you’ll discover when you watch this webinar.

A few months back, rapper and climber Devin Dabney submitted an essay to Gym Climber magazine that was riddled with the N-word: It appeared 22 times in two pages.

As a publisher, Pocket Outdoor Media (also parent company to us here at OBJ), faced a dilemma: To publish or not to publish. We will cut to the chase here. After much debate and consultation with DEI expert, Teresa Baker, Pocket declined to publish the article. But the conversation took on a new life when Teresa suggested that Pocket partner up with Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Media 4 Inclusion to host a live webinar to explore the topic.

The result was a candid and energetic conversation between Baker, Dabney, Dr. Carolyn Finney, Alison Desir (co-chair at Running Industry Diversity Coalition), and Dhani Jones (former NFL player and strategic advisor and board member at Pocket Outdoor Media).