At the fitness club
This is just a note to say that the management of the club and I are in discussion. I am hopeful that we may be able to resolve matters.
For now I just want to say that my impression that VA did not take the events with sufficient seriousness may not have been entirely correct.
I now understand that a lot was going on behind the scenes that I was not aware of.
I have had a very long and detailed discussion with VA’s management, who have indicated that they were as horrified to read my account of what happened on 5 February as most of you have been and that they do take the matter very seriously indeed.
In particular, I must say I am satisfied that VA are quite sincere in their public statement that they have a zero tolerance attitude toward racism; not only in general but also in this case.
I may bring the original blog post back (quite aside from the matter of VA’s attitude, it still raises important questions about white rage and racial power in this country); but I also think that in all fairness I need to make sure that my representation of the club is fair and accurate.
I really appreciate all the support I have received and hope that it will be possible to use this blog to continue conversation about race, ‘listening’, power and change that we so desperately need.