The African-American owner of a Kentucky Derby horse had some serious words for Black Lives Matter terror outfit when they demanded that he boycott the race last weekend.
Activists told black man and racehorse owner Greg Harbut that he should boycott the race in solidarity with the BLM terror movement, the CNN reported.
But the 35-year-old racer refused to acquiesce.
In fact, Harbut said he will stay in the hunt for the winner’s circle precisely because he is black and there are not that many black people in the horse racing game.
“I stand with Black Lives Matter, and I stand for justice for Breonna Taylor,” he told the network. “But as an African-American man involved in an industry that’s not very inclusive to people who look like me, there’s no way that I could sit out on one of the largest race days in the U.S. and not bring awareness to the contributions that African-Americans have given to horse racing.”
Harbut — who owns racehorse Necker Island — said that by staying in the race he is honoring the history of blacks who have participated in the Derby.
“The history of the Kentucky Derby started with African-Americans,” he said. “The first horse, Aristides, was trained by an African-American named Ansel Williamson and ridden by an African-American jockey named Oliver Lewis.”
“[W]e are the only black representation in the Kentucky Derby this year. There hasn’t been any representation for us for the past 13 years,” Harbut added.
Then he insisted he hopes to “strategically bring other African-Americans into this industry and onto the national stage.”
Churchill Downs, which hosts the Kentucky Derby, also noted in a statement that they would not end the Derby over racial issues.
“We know there are some who disagree with our decision to run the Kentucky Derby this year,” the statement read. “We respect that point of view but made our decision in the belief that traditions can remind us of what binds us together as Americans, even as we seek to acknowledge and repair the terrible pain that rends us apart.”
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