The World According To Kai

Nice piece from the latest issue of DPM about 13-year-old Kai Lightner:

How then, did a young black child from the flatlands of North Carolina come to find his passion in a sport largely dominated by white people that his mother would never introduce him to? Kai isn’t the only black rock climber, but he does currently represent a vast minority.
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One look around the landscape of the sport and it’s impossible to overlook the homogenously white outdoor crowd. Climbing, and outdoor recreation in general, is not part of black culture but the reasons for that are murky.
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By all accounts from people I know who have met him, Lightner is a great kid.
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3 Responses to The World According To Kai

  1. Silver July 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    It’s fantastic that he’s a great kid. The apple isn’t falling far from the tree here. Connie (Mom) is just fucking awesome. Great story.

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    • Narc July 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      This is what I’ve heard as well.

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    • David July 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      That’s exactly what I thought when I first read this story. He has a great Mom. I was also pleasantly surprised to see he has no aspirations of being a “pro” climber. He must already be smart enough to know that’s a fools errand to pursue in lieu of college.

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