Any other year I would have been on a track in Morocco, in Paris, or maybe even in Switzerland, orchestrating a crowd of fifty thousand people to clap together to watch me do something amazing. But with times as they are, my career has changed in ways I never could have imagined.
*Cue…me 😊* Hi, I’m Tori, Nike sponsored track and field professional athlete. Yes, we exist. Track and field is indeed a pro sport. You’ve seen us in the Olympics, but that’s not the only time we compete. I do triple jump. No, not the one with the pole…
Clouds rolled past the airplane window as we began our descent back to Detroit. I pulled my phone from my pocket to see if we were low enough to get reception. As I unlocked it, my phone buzzed with Twitter notifications, “Women’s Triple Jump American Record, Previously Held by Tori Franklin, BROKEN!”
I flared up like pinecones in a fire.“Okaaayy,” I thought to myself. My lips tightened and my inner lioness bellowed a dominating, territory-enforcing roar. I was on an airplane, but I wanted to go straight to practice. I would’ve stood up and started doing triple jump technique drills…
Black bodies beaten.
Black bodies punched and kicked
Black bodies tased.
Black bodies pulled and dragged.
Black bodies thrown to the ground, against the wall, across the classroom.
Black bodies taken.
Black bodies gone missing.
Black bodies shot.
Black bodies locked up.
Black bodies pinned down.
Black bodies strung up.
Black bodies raped and molested.
Black bodies stabbed and suffocated.
Black bodies murdered.
Black bodies dead
All on social media. All at the swipe of a finger. All for the eyes of millions to glaze over and become desensitized to. How many other races have to see people…
American Record Holder in Women's Triple Jump. Public Speaker on Mental Health and Dream Chasing. First book, coming soon!