July 13th, 2015
Do you know what else is racist?
Like, super-duper racist.
The author of this piece in the New York Times, Glenn Nelson, talked to four black people who live near Mt. Ranier and it turns out that three of them have never hiked Mt. Ranier because of racism. Specifically, because the staff of the National Park Service isn’t diverse enough and I am not even kidding about any of this.
I can’t wait to see what those right-wing yahoos running the NPS have to say for themselves.
“Our cultural history taught us what to expect.” Sigh.
I see The Times couldn’t be bothered to include official NPS crime statistics to show minorities are not, in fact, being routinely lynched at Yellowstone or Yosemite. Just like Ferguson, the myth is usually more politically useful than reality.
Disappointed it wasn’t tied in with the mid-level Internet paranoiac meme — might have reached Alex Jones’s desk at one point a couple years back — around people getting mysteriously abducted in the park system, a Disturbing Problem(tm). I think these might somewhere down the line get compounded into a unified field theory for Yosemite’s dark past of preventing education and fostering divisiveness, which is contrary to who we are as Americans