(FiveNation.com)- Have you ever played that game where you search any random word with “is racist” after it, just to see if someone has said it? It’s pretty hard to find something that isn’t racist these days, and now you can cross “camping” off that list too.
The Los Angeles Times, a far-left newspaper that rivals even the New York Times, published an opinion piece this week claiming that non-white people don’t camp as often as white people because camping is – you guessed it – racist.
“Camping is often called America’s favorite outdoor activity,” the paper tweeted on Monday. “But camping and national parks have a complicated past when it comes to racial equality and equal access for all.”
Camping is often called America’s favorite outdoor activity. But camping and national parks have a complicated past when it comes to racial equality and equal access for all.
One modern barrier to entry: the cost of camping gear.https://t.co/m49vAxD8sC
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 10, 2020
Incredibly, the piece argues that the main barrier to entry for camping is the high cost of camping gear.
Isn’t it racist to say that non-white people are less capable of making money and being able to afford expensive camping gear? I mean, all it takes is a cursory Google search to find out that the highest earners in America, by ethnicity, are not white.
The article also explains how national parks have a “history of segregation that dates to the 1930s” as if national parks are today, somehow, segregating people based on race. The author even admits that segregation ended in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but uses the history to somehow argue that it still presents a problem today.
“Almost all U.S. national parks were originally home to Indigenous populations long before they were set aside as parks,” the author says. “Many of those Native American tribes were pushed off their land, often violently, to create an illusion of untouched landscapes.”
If you hadn’t already noticed, the author here is listing every single possible thing they can think of that makes national parks racist or problematic, and then combining these facts to position parks and camping as racist. Even though these are historic facts that have no bearing on today.
For the record, anybody regardless of their race or background is allowed to visit national parks. That’s what they are there for. And if it’s a park where camping is allowed, anybody regardless of their race is welcome to camp there too. That means camping isn’t racist, no matter what the Los Angeles Times says.