Racists Cry “The Great Outdoors Are Too White!”
Racists Cry “The Great Outdoors Are Too White!”
In another round of this decade’s revival of “the personal is the political”, racists are dissecting people’s personal leisure activities — you know, things people choose to spend their time and money on for fun, and have gone all frowny-face that not enough black people camp. Which, of course, is white people’s fault.
As millions of Americans escape home quarantine to the great outdoors this summer, they'll venture into parks, campgrounds and forest lands that remain stubborn bastions of self-segregation.@devindwyer reports. https://t.co/Xzmouf4bwM pic.twitter.com/e8PckJcVqn
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) July 1, 2020
“The outdoors and public lands suffer from the same systemic racism that the rest of our society does,” said Joel Pannell, associate director of the Sierra Club, which is leading an effort to boost diversity in the wilderness and access to natural spaces.
New government data, shared first with ABC News, shows the country’s premier outdoor spaces — the 419 national parks — remain overwhelmingly white. Just 23% of visitors to the parks were people of color, the National Park Service found in its most recent 10-year survey; 77% were white. Minorities make up 42% of the U.S. population.
Joel Pannell trots out the Left’s unsubstantiated phrase systemic racism in trying to explain why black folk don’t choose to spend vacation hours in the national parks. Indeed, in the video above, about the 5:00 mark, he strains to make a connection between not-camping-in-Yellowstone with the recent protests/rioting. He even asserts that black folk don’t have the freedom to visit the parks.
What does this lack of freedom look like? How is it being enforced? Real journalists would have asked those kind of follow up questions.
The other people in the Pravda-media-race-mongering piece talk about their feelings because of their perception that there are just too many white people having WrongFun™ among the pine trees and nature trails. An 8-minute video segment and not one of those interviewed can point to an actual instance of racist discrimination that they encountered within the National Park system.
But but but, the racists cry, 77% of park visitors are “white”, 23% “minority” and — as we all know — 42% of America is minority!! Look at how big the font ABC used on the screen! Must be true, right?
Pravda media lies.
I know, I’m shocked SHOCKED, too.
There are other weaselly slights in the Pravda piece, too, about “some” of the parks being segregated by race, especially with the assertion that the National Park system was originally created to give white people a place to “escape”. And while many the parks that came into being in Jim Crow states did indeed, segregate the camp grounds and services during that post-Civil War period (and lingered because FDR wouldn’t confront Southern Democrats over it), the fact remains that the creation of the park system was about conserving natural places for enjoyment of all people and future generations.
THE ACT OF DEDICATION
AN ACT to set apart a certain tract of land lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River as a public park. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming … is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people; and all persons who shall locate, or settle upon, or occupy the same or any part thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall be considered trespassers and removed there from …
Approved March 1, 1872.
ULYSSES S. GRANT, President of the United States.
SCHUYLER COLFAX, Vice-President of the United States and President of the Senate.
JAMES G. BLAINE, Speaker of the House.
You know, Ulysses Grant – the abolitionist General who successive prosecuted the Civil War and, as President, helped ratify the 15th amendment and smashed the KKK. But for racist Marxists (I repeat myself), he’s just wipypo so must be destroyed.
There’s no such thing as a good white person.
Here’s some personal advice to media racists. I love camping. Why? Because as a youngster I was a Girl Scout during the time that Scouting was primarily focused on The Great Outdoors and what all the life skills in learning to spend time there taught us. Scouting was focused on the same conservation ethos behind the founding of Yellowstone Park. Let’s be frank, camping, per se, isn’t the easiest of vacations. Staying at a nice resort hotel with room service is oodles easier. Unless people have learned at one point or another how to be a successful camper, modern resorts are going to be the choice of most. You want more future park visitors, campers and hikers of any color? Get back to supporting Scouting in its original, non-woke, configuration and create more such troops.
And leave people alone to make their own choices, especially on leisure-time activities.
Stop seeing racists behind every perceived disparity because looking in the mirror should prove to be enough.
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