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Why Do So Few African Americans Visit National Parks?


Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, national parks, politics, humans, nature, habitat, environment, green )

Cal
- 740 days ago - alternet.org
Park Ranger Shelton Johnson has some ideas why and how we can change that.



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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 1:00 am
"That weekend trip in the mountains of Germany planted a seed in my consciousness. That seed then wrapped roots around my heart, roots that nourished me throughout my childhood in Detroit, Michigan. I was an inner city kid with a hidden past, a past of unfiltered sunlight and space.

That one wilderness excursion was all it took. The whole time I was growing up in Detroit, I held onto a vision that opened my eyes to the world around me. Detroit was at once ugly and beautiful, plain and transcendent. My memory of mountains gave me a vantage point to clearly see that there is beauty in every moment, no matter where you are.

As someone who has both African and Native American ancestry, it troubles me that so few African Americans have the chance for similar experiences."
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 3:16 am
just noted ~Thanks Cal~
 

John S. (304)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 4:08 am
Thanks, noted.
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 6:05 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 6:17 am
Thanks.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 7:32 am
Noted.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 1:16 pm
I wasn't aware that was true. Interesting perspective. Thanks for sharing!
 

Roger M. (0)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 2:03 pm
Is it a fear of having to wear one of those hats?
 

Evelyn W. (15)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 3:48 pm
I was aware,
 

jan b. (3)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 4:00 pm
A few years ago I took a Cosmos bus tour 14 days of western national parks. One of the best vacations ever, not that costly either..... and although I knew our country was beautiful....one cannot even imagine just how beautiful til you see it in person.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday September 12, 2012, 6:39 pm
Very interesting and insightful. Mr. Johnson made some very true and valid points. Good article. Thanks Cal.
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 1:01 am
Thanks.

We should celebrate and care for nature (especially native plants) everywhere, not just National Parks :)
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 2:20 am
Thanks.
 
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