In the state of Texas, a local family is building a name for themselves. Because of their dedication to a unique horse, the Hatley family – the state’s only Black quarter horse racing family – is receiving widespread acclaim.
Lancaster’s Hatley family has a long history with racing horses, but its most recent focus has been on a unique stallion. ‘His name is Black Lives Matter,’ said James Hatley Jr.
As a result of recent police violence and knowledge of the Black Lives Matter movement, “I think it was the perfect time ever to keep the cause going so it would never be forgotten,” Keelronn Hatley said.
With Black Lives Matter, they won their first race.
“It’s worked out well. Exactly what we anticipated of him,’ Hatley Jr. stated. “When we first saw him, we knew exactly who he was.” When you look into the eyes of a horse, it’s easy to see what he’s thinking.
That’s what makes it all worthwhile for the family, though.
“To see it printed up and hear it called was like, ‘OK, we truly are in business now,” Keelronn Hatley said.
A TikTok video of the incident went viral.
People need to hear what Gregory Hatley has to say about how the horse and its name have set the tone for what’s going on in the world. “It doesn’t matter anymore, because social media is everywhere now.”
Hundreds of thousands of people endorsed the horse’s name, but some had negative things to say about it, too.
“They told us no, you can’t do that, they don’t want to create any racial hostility, and it was wrong,” Keelronn Hatley said.
Although Hatley Jr. acknowledged that some people may not be pleased with the decision, “once you start saying something, it resonates with you,” he continued.
The family’s mission has not been hampered by any of this.
At the heart of Hatley Jr.’s message was the idea that “you can do anything, no matter what,” which he described as his goal for the organization.
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Four of the ten Hatley siblings are featured in this photo.
He stated, “We’ve been active in the horse world, you know since we were a kid,” Charles Hatley.
“It all began in Dallas, Texas, in 1961,” Hatley Jr. recalled. In 1963, “We began racing horses.”
They are all carrying on the family tradition established by their parents.
Hatley Jr. commented, “My father was a pioneer; we followed in his footsteps.” “We started racing horses when we first became involved in the sport. At the track, we were the only people of color.”
My father died in 2006, and my mother died a year later in 2008. A horse had not been competitively run by Hatley Jr. since 1990.
Racism was a common occurrence at the track when the boys were younger.
When Gregory Hatley and his friends went to the racetracks, “there were 500 to 600 white folks, and we were the only blacks there, and they’d cheat us so hard,” he claimed.
The fact that their parents overcame enormous odds prompted them to return 31 years later and compete in the same race again.
‘We’ve had to fight for all we’ve achieved,’ says Hatley.
Since then, Black Lives Matter has had a lot of success, and the movement continues to fight for equality and awareness.
Hatley Jr. added, “This is God’s design.” We named him “Black Lives Matter” because of this.” It has nothing to do with anything other than the fact that Black Lives Matter. We simply want the world to know that we are here to stay.
As of April 30th, he has a chance to make it to the finals of the Black Lives Matter racing series in Houston, Texas.