Black Stories Matter: Local Leader Talks Tokenism, Microaggressions, and Systemic Racism

Rippy holding an award.

few summers ago, Morris “Rippy” Patton was walking home from a Bristol Blues baseball game. He stopped at a local bar with his friend to grab a beer.

“We walk in, I get to the bar, and some random white guy, sitting right there next to me goes, ‘We don’t like to serve Black people here.’ He had no shame about it…