NY Times: Why Are Our Parks So White?

National Park Service needs affirmative action to promote diversity

By Hunter Wallace

Although Ken Burns made a documentary called “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” The New York Times is lamenting that black people aren’t so fond of the pristine wilderness, and attribute their lack of interest in nature to, what else, White racism:

The national parks attracted a record 292.8 million visitors in 2014, but a vast majority were white and aging. The most recent survey commissioned by the park service on visitation, released in 2011, found that 22 percent of visitors were minorities, though they make up some 37 percent of the population.

This suggests an alarming disconnect. The Census Bureau projects that the country will have a majority nonwhite population by 2044. If that new majority has little or no relationship with the outdoors, then the future of the nation’s parks, and the retail and nonprofit ecosystem that surrounds them, will be in trouble. …

There was always nervous banter as we cruised through small rural towns on our way to a park. And there were jokes about finding a “Whites Only” sign at the entrance to our destination or the perils of being lynched or attacked while collecting firewood after the sun went down. Our cultural history taught us what to expect.”

Rather than ridicule and dismiss this absurd idea, The New York Times treats this sort of black hysteria about White lynch mobs lurking in the wilderness of Yosemite and Yellowstone with a tone of seriousness. Among other black conspiracy theories and urban legends, millions of black people also believe that the US federal government created AIDS to kill off the black population and that Church’s Chicken is owned by the Ku Klux Klan and uses a secret ingredient to make black men sterile.

“We need to demolish the notion that the national parks and the rest of nature are an exclusive club where minorities are unwelcome.

The place to start is the National Park Service. About 80 percent of park service employees in 2014 were white. The parks’ official charity, the National Park Foundation, has four minority members on its 22-person board. …

The National Park Service is the logical leader to blaze a trail to racial diversity in the natural world. It has a high public profile, and its approaching centennial can serve as a platform for redefinition.”

Naturally, The New York Times concludes that a massive affirmative action plan is necessary “to blaze a trail to racial diversity” in the National Park Service, which is hideously White and unwelcoming to minority visitors. It worked out so well in those large nature reserves in post-colonial Africa!

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  1. So typical..the antiracist approach…”so what if those minorities aren’t interested..we’ll force them to be!” Hey, let’s give them free tickets to Israel to enhance diversity there!

  2. I have noticed that negros have an innate fear of the woods and water. It’s as if they hate nature. Blacks also have no regard for animals – often being extremely cruel towards them. Michael Vick, the former NFL quarterback, is a good example. I saw an interview with him where he laughed off killing and torturing dogs. That one interview alone lead me to cut all ties with the NFL, and I don’t miss it one bit.

  3. So what. I am white and have never visited these places. Not interested and they may not the interested either.

  4. There is only one solution which is Partition, by hook or by crook. Civil disobedience, boycotts, all of it. It sure as hell won’t happen via the current legal process even though technically it could.

    Even the cynical and sociopathic whites that masquerade as leaders these days ought to have the hairs on the back of their neck standing up by now, as the mask of “equality” and “equal justice” has slipped to reveal a murderous Bolshevik / Jacobin ghoul. Whites across the spectrum need to get with the damn program, ASAP.

  5. This is almost comical. I know this was not intended by the author, but you almost pick up a sense of foreboding about the coming black/brown majority utopia.

    “If that new majority has little or no relationship with the outdoors, then the future of the nation’s parks, and the retail and nonprofit ecosystem that surrounds them, will be in trouble. …”

    Gee, you think? Newsflash – you aren’t going to change them.

  6. I see this in Eastern North Carolina, too. Many fine outdoor museums of historick towns and or plantations, and I’ll be danged if I ever see a negro amongst the numerous visitors. It’s uncanny.

    Some of the knowledgable park officials will, from time to time, be negro, but, NOT the visitors.

  7. Park service 80% white? That’s not right; it should be more like 88% white(based on percentage of population).
    OTOH if the nogs and twmnbn want to go that route, let’s work the same formula on the other .gov(black) employment numbers.

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