Courageous Off Trail-Confronting Hate

We often highlight amazing women breaking barriers in the outdoors, travel, exploration, and conservation. Yet we know there is beauty in being a total badass both on and off trail and so we want to recognize fearless women breaking boundaries outside of these parameters as well. 

Our country is hurting right now and the violence and racism in Charlottesville, Va is flat out appalling, heartbreaking, and utterly unacceptable. Our country needs love right now more than ever. It is love not hate that will win. We must stand with and for each other.

Our hearts go out to the family of Heather Heyer, who was recalled as a 'strong woman.' She was killed when a man drove a Dodge Challenger into the crowd of counterprotesters on August 12th in Charlottesville. Her mother says, "They tried to kill my child to shut her up — you just magnified her.”

Today we highlight Ilia Calderón, who currently works as the late night news anchor for Univision's national late evening newscast along with Enrique Acevedo. Ilia is Colombian and was the “first black person” to ever be on Chris Baker's property, a member of the Ku Klux Klan. While she expected to get racial remarks, the severity of the encounter made her question her and her team's safety. Nonetheless, she confronted hate right in the face and shed light on a place and a mindset most of us struggle to comprehend. She had to set her fears, feelings of being insulted and disrespected aside to capture this powerful story and share it with the world.  Baker's response to her question, "I am not racist." 

Posted by America with Jorge Ramos on FB

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Ilia also gave her recount of the incident to Univision, where she talks about the fear she felt.

Via Univision Noticias interview in Spanish with Ilia Calderón