It is impossible to ignore the realities of racism in the world. Is the absence of people of color in the dog training world a result of racism or are there other obstacles? Personally, I strongly identify with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, so I have opinions about the lack of color in our community, but I will save those views and experiences for another time. Today, I want to focus on the experiences of black professionals in our community. Who better to share those experiences than the individuals who have lived through the challenges of being black in a largely white profession? I have been listening and reading many stories; it seems like the best thing to do is to amplify their voices and point you toward stories you may have missed.