Where Are The People Of Color In National Parks?

Rob Lovitt, MSNBC, August 3, 2011

The National Park system is often called “America’s Best Idea,” but according to a new report, it remains more like terra incognita for many people of color.

Released Wednesday, “The National Park System Comprehensive Survey of the American Public,” conducted by the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming, is a follow-up to a much-cited report on race/ethnicity among park visitors conducted in 2000.

Taken together, the two surveys show that while the American public has grown increasingly diverse in the last decade, black and Hispanic-Americans remain underrepresented in visits to the 394 National Park Service (NPS) properties.

“Despite efforts by the National Park Service and its partners to engage underserved populations,” wrote the researchers, “visitation differences by race/ethnic group seem not to have changed much over the past decade.”

Conducted by telephone in 2009, the survey queried 4,103 respondents across the U.S. The results showed that non-Hispanic whites comprised 78 percent of park visitors in 2008–2009. By comparison, Hispanics accounted for 9 percent of visitors, while African-Americans were 7 percent of visitors.


“The national parks represent the American story, and there are groups of people who don’t identify with that,” said Carolyn Finney, assistant professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. “For some people, there’s a sense that the parks are pretty white.”

Visitation figures are skewed even further when the visits in question are to parks that showcase wilderness and outdoor recreation. For example, at Yosemite National Park in California, a 2009 visitation survey showed that African Americans totaled just 1 percent of visitors, compared to 77 percent white and 11 percent each for Hispanics and Asians.


In roughly 40 years, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that non-white minorities will constitute at least half of the American population, up from roughly one-third in 2008.

And, as numbers in the new report reiterate, the impending majority tends to engage less with the national parks than the existing one, for a whole host of reasons, ranging from the obvious–such as cost and accessibility–to more subtle ones dealing with imagery, identity and what constitutes the “appropriate” way to experience the parks.


In fact, given the ongoing shift in the nation’s demographics, the true significance of that ownership has less to do with the parks’ past than with their future. Equal opportunity is not just a good thing; it’s also the key to the parks’ continued survival.

“What is the Park Service going to do in 2050 if the potential stewards (such as legislators and the people who vote them into office) have no sense of ownership or connection to the national parks?” asked [black Yosemite park ranger Shelton] Johnson.

Or, as [black park visitor Audrey] Peterman put it, “Even if the entire white population was bent on environmental protection, it won’t work if the other half of the population is not involved.”



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  1. Sureesh August 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I take my family to Yosemite every year and see plenty of ‘people of color’ but not Africans- I see lots of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and tourists. Why is there no mention of this?

  2. Question Diversity August 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Where Are The People Of Color In National Parks?

    Growing and cultivating cannabis.

  3. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    This same story surfaces periodically. Blacks simply do not enjoy being out of the city.

    On the other hand, some national parks are increasingly full of Mexicans – planting secret marijuana fields, or running drug operations.

  4. gg August 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Illegal Mexicans have apparently made parts of Yosemite unsafe, as they use the park to grow drugs. But there are National parks that are still lovely, including the southern Utah sites such as Zion & Arches. And Acadia in Maine is spectacular & all white. It is a pleasure to walk, hike, or bike in these places and see only courteous white people. No loudmouths, no attitude. A rule of the parks is to “pack out”–take your litter & trash with you when you leave. Minorities love to leave as much garbage behind as possible, so they find such rules uncomfortable.

  5. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    This story sure is an indictment of blacks in particular. What constitutes the “appropriate” way to experience the parks? Put fast food and a mall in the parks, I presume, with rap music blaring across the landscapes.

    Blacks are not increasing vis-a-vis whites. The real story is whether Hispanics care about visiting the very land that they say whites “stole” from them, i.e. all the Southwest national parks. You’d think that they would be proud to frequent their “ancestral homelands”, and their absence speaks volumes.

  6. Why Me? August 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Wyoming is a long way from large black communities, therefore, so as to prevent the Whites who visit the park from remaining unmonitored for Racism and the Happiness of White Privilege, we should tax White Humanity and create a NAACP managed fund to pay the expenses of all blacks who want to visit and do their part in the “continuing struggle for Civil Rights”.

  7. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    You know, no matter how hard I try, I just don’t understand the logic behind these sort of stories! Seriously Why is this an issue?

    OK well I do sort of, that our government and media have entirely become a one trick pony. Everything, every issue has to be about race.

    So this issue will now eventually generate concern in Washington DC. and soon taxpayers will be footing the bill for minorities to take trips to national parks? Or is this disparity the result of “do the wilderness be racist?” “Sarcasm off”

  8. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    If only one percent of National Park tourists are black, it would explain why the National Parks have stayed so nice!

    Blacks don’t value things like National Parks. Open land, open space and the majesty of the wilderness are things that are cherished more by White Americans, European tourists, Asians and some Hispanics – but not blacks!

    If blacks had their way, they would shut the National Park System down and use the money formerly allocated to it to increase their welfare payments, funding affirmative action programs and things like “midnight basketball”.

  9. Jupiter7 August 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    It is very important to put a news story such as this in context which I shall now do.

    Always remember this: the fundamental issue is race-replacement. MSNBC is viciously and openly promoting race-replacement. MSNBC is owned by GE. GE is the Military Industrial Complex whose racket is making $ from war (death and destruction) and keeping the wages of Native Born White Americans as low as possible..which they do by buying Republican and Democratic Politicians (puppets for GE).

    Native Born White Americans pose a very serious problem for GE because they have funny ideas in their heads about having a high wage economy. This enraged former GE CEO Jack Welch to the point that he wrote in his autobiography that he believes in a labor policy of squeezing and squeezing American Labor-“like a grape” he writes in his book-to the point of serf-like submission.

    So far, so good..everyone is following right along. So here is the problem that GE-the owner of MSNBC-faces: how does it justify such a criminal and treasonous business practice that 1) threatens the human species and life itself on the planet earth – GE designs and builds nuclear weapons (weapons of mass destruction) – and 2) transfers billions of dollars in wealth away from millions of Ordinary Native Born White Americans to the White Liberal Corporate Greedy Cheating Class..to guys, such as ..well..Jack Welch? Enter the ideology of the “blessings of diversity” . You see Ladies and Gentleman, the ideology of the “blessings of diversity” is the “kind and caring and very humane” ideological cover for a great crime. A high wage economy for millions of Native Born White Americans would require a complete shutdown of all post-1965 nonwhite immigration to 0…and the expulsion of the Mexican, Muslim and Asian fifth columns that are now deeply entrenched in our America…doing this would induce a severe labor scarcity which would drive up the nearly 40 years of stagnant and declining real wages for millions of Native Born White Americans. In fact, if the 1965 Immigration Reform Act had never been passed, and all nonwhite white legal immigration has been shut down to 0 in 1965…with very high probability, the real wage would have never have gone done for the past 40 years.

    So the low wage labor strategy of GE requires a complete demonization of the Native Born White Majority which as I mentioned previously has funny ideas in its head about having a high, real wage economy. And if you watch MSNBC there is a complete demonization of Conservative Native Born White America. Just look at the new promo-commercials featuring the very nasty transsexual Rachel Maddow who in these promo-commercials is standing in front of some iconic symbol of Americana..Hoover Dam for example..where she lectures us about traditional American values..I mean it’s truly bizarre.

    This news story about the National Parks being too White is more vicious demonization of Native Born White America by GE (the Military Industrial Complex) which owns MSNBC..along with MSNC co-owner-and low wage enthusiast and billionaire-Bill Gates. What I have written is all you need to know.

  10. Gerald Martin August 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    OK, I’ve got this figured out. I know a way to get more blacks into National Parks. NO, I don’t mean pay them to come.(Don’t have enough money for that anymore.) We need a new national trail, a black-friendly counterpart to the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail. It might be called the “Black Pride Trail” or the “White Shame Trail.” The trick is to not make the blacks actually walk on the trail – that would remind them of their pre-Cadillac days or even slavery times, so making a black person walk is racist.

    Instead let’s sign-up a bunch of white volunteers from the Sierra Club (almost all white, btw), who will carry the blacks who come visit the Black Pride Trail in sedan chairs. This will be physically demanding for the whites, but as we all know they are inferior to blacks physically so they need the exercise. As they carry the blacks to various scenic points along the trail, a white tour guide will recall all the terrible things white people have done to black people for the past 500 years, apologize, and then move on to the next scenic stop, where they will continue the process until the white tour guide has finished apologizing for everything bad the racist white man has done.

    This should take about 1,000 miles. Then the whites carrying the sedan chair blacks will turn around and take the blacks back to the starting point, stopping along the way on the return journey to praise blacks for inventing things like civilization, the pyramids, boats, airplanes, jazz, Seal Team 6, etc., etc. By journey’s end, everyone will feel much better about themselves, and blacks will have had an authentically “black” national park / outdoor experience.

    I realize the wear and tear on the whites carrying the blacks will be pretty high. But actually it should be even higher to make it a truly righteous experience for all. So let’s add some “stations of the cross” type flagellation of the sedan chair bearers at each stop to increase the moral goodness of the exercise, which should really attract more blacks to our national parks.

  11. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    To be honest, I am with the majority of Blacks on this one. I cannot see why anyone would want to sleep outside around bugs, snakes and potentially dangerous animals in a tent and live like cavemen.

    It boggles my mind.

  12. Daniel August 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    One of the first reasons that blacks here in California do not go camping ,rafting, hiking in our parks is because they don’t know where they are in the first place. The Feds will have to bus them there because they have a right to enjoy nature also.

    Once they get there ,they’ll just see what they’ve been missing, whites to rob, rape , kill, there a reason why you can now carry a weapon in a national park, to protect your family and self.

  13. NBJ August 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    “The national parks represent the American story, and there are groups of people who don’t identify with that,” said Carolyn Finney, assistant professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. “For some people, there’s a sense that the parks are pretty white.”

    Well Carolyn, could it be that those “groups of people” are here illegally and only for the freebies, and the other half actually hate America and don’t give RA about our story?

    And what pray tell will make them “sense” the parks are more brown? Throw up a few dozen 7 elevens for them to flash rob? Put a drug dealer behind every other tree? Invite rival gangs for an annual shoot out?

    I’d be careful what I wished for missy!

  14. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    In fact, given the ongoing shift in the nation’s demographics, the true significance of that ownership has less to do with the parks’ past than with their future. Equal opportunity is not just a good thing; it’s also the key to the parks’ continued survival.


    Meaning that Whites will soon be extinct in this country. As for “equal opportunity” the only thing blacks and hispanics understand that to be is only when they get something from Whitey that is free and comes in the form of money.

    I hope they NEVER start visiting the Parks! It is the only place left in America that is still segregated. I don’t want to camp or hike in the parks or mountains among blacks and browns. We know our lives would surely be in danger. Isn’t it bad enough that they have taken over all community parks to where Whites cannot even go any longer.

    I am so sick of this push for diversity in every area of American life. White life, that is.

  15. sbuffalonative August 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Blacks like things loud. Loud talking. Loud laughing. Loud yelling. Loud hootin’ ‘n’ hollerin’. The louder the better.

    Blacks aren’t attracted to the solitude and silence of nature.

    Bringing blacks to a national park would be like blacks moving in anywhere. They would bring their obnoxious loudness with them, turn it into the hole they left, and drive whites away.

    The environment best suited to the black man is the urban jungle as it provides a mix of both; urban and jungle.

  16. Dave August 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    The American nature writer and environmentalist and a man I respect quite a bit, Edward Abbey wrote:

    “It might be wise for us, as American citizens, to consider calling a halt to the mass influx of even more millions of hungry, ignorant, unskilled, and culturally-morally-genetically, impoverished people…Why not [support immigration]? Because we prefer democratic government, for one thing; because we still hope for an open, spacious, uncrowded, and beautiful–yes beautiful!–society, for another. The alternative, in the squalor, cruelty and corruption of Latin America, is plain for all to see.”

    Of course, Abbey’s racial musings have been largely dismissed by the liberal elite as a personal shortcoming at best, and vile racism at worst. Abbey will likely be proven 100% correct long before the mid-point of the century, but by then luxuries like the National Parks will hardly matter to most Americans, with so many people shouting and pointing fingers at one-another that we’ll scarcely be able to make who supported this multi-culturalism experiment in the first place.

    Sure, equal-opportunity, outreach programs, field-trips for inner city youth; those are the keys to preserving the National Parks problem for posterity. That sort of thing is certain to succeed at encouraging inner-city Blacks and Latinos to develop the same tastes, proclivities, and appreciations as Whites, just as it has worked so well before.

  17. Salt August 4, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    The two Whitest places I’ve been this year have been the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and a U2 concert in St Louis, Missouri. Both of those had at least 99.1% observed white attendance. Although there were some blacks from Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky in the resort we stayed in in Sevierville, Tennessee, the surrounding areas of Gattlinburg, and Pigeon Forge were almost as absent of blacks as the National Park. I didn’t go to Dolly World, but I am betting that would be a pretty good pick as well for a vacation.

    The culture divide of where America vacations is even wider than just National Parks.

  18. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    There is one activity that blacks are great at: complaining. If blacks wanted to spend time in national parks, and blacks thought that something prevented them, blacks would complain loud and long. Blacks have no problem, why are the liberals trying to create one?

    When the “minorities” take over the US, national parks will be developed or destroyed, depending on which minorities are in control.

  19. madison grant August 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Years ago when I listened to Pacifica Radio I noticed something: when there was a protest march and very few whites showed up the radio hosts would rip into whites for being a no-show.

    Then when there was a protest march and only whites showed up the hosts would then rip into whites- for not doing enough “outreach” to “people of color” so that they would attend.

    So before I read the article I just knew there would be no criticism of blacks for ignoring our national parks; instead there would be lots of soul-searching about what’s keeping these wonderful people away.

  20. Rabdall S. August 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    So, what your saying must be, that our great and beautiful National parks are a safe place to take your family and friends?

  21. Bill R August 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Or, as [black park visitor Audrey] Peterman put it, “Even if the entire white population was bent on environmental protection, it won’t work if the other half of the population is not involved.”

    Even if the entire white population was bent on eliminating the “achievement gap”, it won’t work if the other half (black half) of the population is not involved…..or flat out incapable.

    Even if the entire white population was bent on solvency for Medicare/Medicaid (and they ARE), it won’t work of the other half (the black half) of the population is not involved (or paying anything in to it)

    Look, black folks, stay the heck out of our national parks. We have enough problems with Mexicans taking them over for growing operations. We don’t need the Mexican’s main using clientele visiting the parks and calling it a “farmer’s market”.

  22. Mr.White August 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    One of the reasons I enjoy visiting our national parks is because I do not have to endure the endless ghettoization of said parks. No loud rap, ranchero or graffiti to contend with. No mothers pushing strollers with their anchor spawn in tow. Here in CA, it’s impossible to go to a local park on a national holiday. The illegal invaders from Mexico have already seized those for themselves.

    Honestly, is there anything left that we whites will be able to keep for ourselves without the multiculturalists and diversity hawks taking it from us?

    For goodness sakes!

  23. PA Ridge and Valley August 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    It would appear as if YSNP is wallowing in a diversity-free buffer zone, with the nearest bastions of blessed diversity being Salt Lake City (give or take 350 miles), Denver (600), Spokane (450), and Calgary (call it 500). In the Pacific Northwest, even those major regional hubs are still predominantly white.

    YSNP’s remoteness, and the fact that most blacks seem to prefer vacations spent either at home (free, and you know where the liquor store is) or in chintzy places like Las Vegas or Miami Beach (subsidized flights, vice), each seem to contribute the the demographics of park attendees.

    As George Constanza once said, “I’m BASKIN’ IN THE BUFFER BABY!”

  24. CDE August 4, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    White Americans are the descendents of pioneers and settlers. Experiencing the wide open spaces is in our DNA. Blacks and Hispanics have no such experience. Being in an isolated natural area is symbolic of being independent and self-reliant. Blacks and Hispanics are the least self-reliant people on the planet.

  25. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    “What is the Park Service going to do in 2050 if the potential stewards (such as legislators and the people who vote them into office) have no sense of ownership or connection to the national parks?” asked [black Yosemite park ranger Shelton] Johnson.”

    —– In 2050, America is toast. I’ll be a sad old man at that time.

    “Or, as [black park visitor Audrey] Peterman put it, “Even if the entire white population was bent on environmental protection, it won’t work if the other half of the population is not involved.”

    — I thought diversity is a strength! Are they sayin’ that a 50% non-white America won’t have common interests? Oh, the thought!

  26. 60LP August 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Another almost black-free place is any museum devoted to anything not African or black. I recently went to the Huntington in Pasadena and the Art Institute of Chicago.

    There were thousands of people at the Huntington and it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen any blacks there. So I started counting. Out of a very large crowd spread out over large gardens, a conservatory, indoor sculpture and painting galleries I saw three blacks. I don’t remember seeing any at the Art Institute aside from the lady who sold me a ticket.

    Museums of western or eastern culture = black-free.

  27. MikeHarrigan August 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Not enough blacks in American parks?? That must be rectified immediately. I would suggest taxing White’s even more than they already are and using these funds to attract blacks to state and national parks. Perhaps hip hop festivals or other activities that attract blacks could be scheduled in these parks. That would increase diversity and multiculturalism in parks and everyone then wins. Dont they???

  28. A Comment from Australia. August 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    This article/report seems to be some sort of official admission that White Americans will be the minority in their own country by 2050.

    The report also suggests that National Parks will not be a priority when the US is Black/Hispanic.

    When I visit a national park I like to know that the only fellow hikers that I meet will be people who are there to enjoy the great outdoors. I would hate to meet up with park visitors (of any colour) who had been bused in and were totally bored, looking for or wanting to cause trouble and would rather be back home playng video games or be in a skate board park.

    Can the PC do-gooders please leave our national parks alone!

    PS Some nature reserves here are in the hands of indigenous “Traditional Owners”. On more than one occasion and in an act of total hypocricy they have wanted to sell these lands to property developers!

  29. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    I have been to several predominately black countries, and dang if the predominant visitor to sites of natural beauty aren’t whites.

  30. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    “The national parks represent the American story, and there are groups of people who don’t identify with that,” said Carolyn Finney, assistant professor in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. “For some people, there’s a sense that the parks are pretty white.”

    This is a specious comment. Of course there are groups that don’t identify with parks, and the parks are pretty white. But so what. The parks are open to all, and the incidents of white-on-black crime non-existent. This is not about fear or being welcome, its about personal preferences. One could ask is it blacks don’t like whites or things that whites like?

  31. Cogitator August 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Does this mean we are we going to have a new busing program?

  32. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    I recently went to Rainier national park in Washington state. I was shocked at how man Indian and asians were there. Most of them had several kids. And to counter that, I saw few whites and almost no white kids.

  33. Anonymous August 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    In case you haven’t noticed the blacks also don’t heavily attend most cultural and entertainment venues. You hardly see them at the theater, symphony, zoo, arbouretum, baseball, basketball et al. I don’t know the reason but I like it, I like it.

  34. Tab Numlock August 5, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    So gov’t officials are only concerned about the extinction of whites when it effects the existence of their gov’t agency.

  35. Flytrap August 5, 2011 at 12:27 am #

    Who cares why they don’t go, just so they don’t. You wanna make sure they stay away for the next 20 years? Have some youfs do an Outward Bound excursion or something and get harassed or attacked by (insert animal) and make that national news. 1% would become 1/10 of 1%.

  36. The Guru August 5, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    Please shut up and let those of us who enjoy such things continue to do so. I seriously mean it. I am involved with a wild life sanctuary and don’t see any blacks visit the park. To each their own, for heavens sake why modify cultural habits?

  37. DB August 5, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    They go to city parks to rape,rob,shoot up dope and murder.They don’t go to national parks because most blacks don’t camp and such.I’ve actually heard a few admit they are scared of the woods.I think it’s because like someone else said in a round about way also.There’s no booty music,no concrete,and they might lose service on their cell phones.We should not under any circumstances encourage them to do so either.Can you imagine a bunch of wineos,crackheads,and big booty ho’s strutting around Yellowstone throwing their empty 40 oz bottles everywhere? Talking at the top of their voice in an unintelligible manner?Let’s not ruin the last really beautiful places in this country by inviting a bunch of jungle bunnies to come and trash them.

  38. SS August 5, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    To PA,

    Your White Area will not be White for too much longer. Before long, you will have your Dunkin’ Donuts “owned” by a Third World Alien as well as all the hotels and, they will be your mailman, your representative, your doctor, your surgeon, your lawyer, your prosecutor, your judge, your jury and your boss if they aren’t already.

    My area used to be pure White. I never saw any non-white anywhere. Not in the store, not in the parks, not driving down the road, nowhere but now, now I see “white” people with Chinese children and “white” people with non-white partners, mixed children, Indians, Chinese, the things with the towels on their heads and filthy disgusting beards and yes, even Muslims in full garb and you know what? My Town is ONLY 5000 people! It was much less (around 3000-3500) before the invasion….

    Oh, the best part, they flooded us with stink bugs and we have yet another tree eating Asian bug here too.

    I’ll spare you on the special treatment these Third World Aliens are given by the police around here and all because they’re too afraid to enforce the law on non-white Third Worlders. Job Security they call it.

  39. SS August 5, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    The first comment is exactly why I never visit America anymore.

    There is not one single place, not a Neighborhood let alone any Park in the entire United States of America these Third World Aliens will not invade.

  40. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    In Californis, Mexicans don’t like to visit national parks as much as flea markets.

    If you go to one, you would think you are in Tijuana. Mestizo men with sombrero hats and a family of 5-6 in tow.

  41. Smurf playing a glass harmonica August 5, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    I dont understand the tone of comments in here considering all Blacks or Hispanics for that matter are the ghetto charicatures being portrayed.

    I saw the article and it seemed like a waste of time. There shouldnt be any complaint over someone’s persoanl preference to vacation at certain destinations. If Black people dont want to visit National Parks then who cares?

  42. Tom in Illinois August 5, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Imagine what a martin luther king national park would do…

  43. Dave August 5, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    We had a similar thing here in England about ten years ago, pertaining to our Lake District (Think poetry and think Shelly). Apparently the do gooders thought it needed a bit of blackness and some diversity enhancement. Thank god the blacks didnt think so and stayed at home,leaving us boring whites to our walks and tranquil scenery.

  44. Kenelm Digby August 5, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    Appreciating nature demands and needs the faculties of introspection and quiet contemplation, the ability to detach oneself from the base and the mundane and to enter a high degree of passivity and receptivity.

    As we know, black ‘culture’ as the media bombards us with is just ‘bang, bang, bang’ , ‘whine, whine, whine’ and ‘bitch, ho, cracker’ – interspersed with bullying, violence, drug abuse and promiscuous sex in any particular order.

  45. Sylvie August 5, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Unless there are armed guards at every national park forcibly banning ‘people of colour’ entry into the parks, why is this an issue? You either want to go to the park or not!

  46. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    Like art and science the aesthetics of such endeavors are completely lost on the african. The african is a simple being of action which is more often than not futile without the proper foresight.

  47. Uncle Bob August 5, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    And wonderful it is. They do not appreciate beauty. Their base and basic carnal needs and the next session that fulfils them is all they care for.

    No complaints, though. If they ever start coming, I’ll stop.

  48. john August 5, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    Why would anybody want to increase black visitations of our national parks? Blacks trash and destroy every village, town, neighborhood, city, and state they inhabit in sufficient numbers. Now we want them to do the same to our still pristine (and safe) national parks?!!!

    Actually, we could ensure that they continue to stay away simply by posting signs at national park entrances, “DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HANDLE THE RATTLESNAKES.” Their almost pathological fear of snakes well known.

  49. Jupiter7 August 5, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Just so happens that Carolynn Finney is…black. And she is another black who is cheerleading the race-replacement of the Native Born White Americans Majority at the hands of high fertility post-1965 nonwhites. What Finney is clearly stating is that environmentalism-ecology requires racially cleansing America of the Native Born White American Majority.

    Carolynn Finney is another fake enivornmentlaist. She is an enthusiastic supporter of post-1965 legal immigration policy which floods our American with thousasnds of high-fetility post-1965 nonwhites who are a massive force of overpopulation. Post-1965 nonwhite generated population growth is massive force of environmental and ecolgical detruction within the borders of America. And quite frankly, we may have reached the point where it is irreversible…until the point of complete ecological collapse. Chinese and Korean legal immigrants have introduced various subspieces of the Asian snakehead fish into rivers in Virginia setting into motion large-scale ecocide in the riparian ecosystems of Vrginia.

    Keep this on mind, the last thing in the world that Carolynn Finney would want to see is Native Born White American fertility increase to four -five per Native Born White American Women. Because if this ever happend, it would throw a monkey wrench into her plans for race-replacing the Native Born American Majority..big time. So, since Carolynn Finney is so obvioulsy a fake environmentalist and a black racist…ask her if she would be happy to see a large increase in Native Born White America fertility.

    If nonwhites started to flood into the great National and State Parks, millions of Native Born White Americans will finally learn the hard way that there are no more safety valves to which they can run away to and flee from post-1965 nonwhites and blacks…then the process of reclaiming Native Born White Ameican living space will commence.

    If aything is obviously true it is this:posst-1965 nonwhites re the number one threat to Ameeica’s great National and State Parks.

    And don’t forget the takoever of National Forests by Mexican narco-terrorists.

  50. olewhitelady August 5, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    The article states that 7% of visitors to parks overall are black. Given that blacks are less than 13% of the population, that seems reasonable. A huge proportion of blacks live in large cities, and, after living and working in two of these for over a dozen years, I’ve found that most blacks don’t like getting out of municipal areas. They’re afraid of rural whites, of being away from other blacks, of dogs, etc. Many travel long distances on buses, where they’re securely around other blacks.

    Most blacks are happiest in a black world. It’s liberal whites who try to force them into the white world.

  51. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    11 — Anonymous wrote at 7:42 PM on August 4:

    To be honest, I am with the majority of Blacks on this one. I cannot see why anyone would want to sleep outside around bugs, snakes and potentially dangerous animals in a tent and live like cavemen.

    It boggles my mind.


    Good. Stay home in your “safe” neighborhood with blacks surrounding you. What is more dangerous? Bugs or blacks?

    One day soon you may HAVE to survive in the wilderness fleeing the black/brown hoardes that threaten our survival. Then you might wish to sleep among the wild animals in tents.

  52. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Cities are too easy. All the gumint offices and free welfare are there with free transportation etc.

    Darkies are lazy and care less about anything outside their protective afe gumint bubble.

  53. YouKnowThis August 5, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Anything that requires effort, planning, special equipment, & some risk will attract fewer blacks.

  54. Ciccio August 5, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Try find a black Saturday afternoon at the opera. The only time I saw any at the symphony was when Winton was performing, a very small handful will come out in support of their own. There are very fortunately still quite a few things which are not black.

  55. Shawn (the female) August 5, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Thank God there’s ‘stuff black people don’t like’. Such as our national parks. The things blacks don’t like about them are pages long. Just a sample might be:

    Actually moving your body in the act of walking. No air conditioning. No electric plug-ins for charging your cell phone and video games. No large groups of other blacks. Nothing blitzing, flashing and jumping across a video screen. Actually having to plan ahead and organize and pack what to bring, what you’ll need and how to bring it – oh my God, how does one DO that? ((e.g., Katrina). What to do when you get there, and how do you know when you actually ARE ‘there’. After all, what IS ‘there’ – and how will you know when you find ‘it’? No ATM’s. What’s interesting about a waterfall? There are bugs, wild animals and their noises. No convenience stores selling beer. Lots of whites.

    The mind boggles. This would be a massive, foreign undertaking for a group of people even though they had jungle living in their genes. There is absolutely nothing about nature that appeals to blacks. Thank God.

  56. GetBackJack August 5, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Because it is only one percent, the other 99% visit. Change that ratio and the parks are doomed!

  57. Duran Dahl August 5, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    The principle reason that blacks do not camp or enjoy the great outdoors is that they are deathly afraid of the dark and the animals (real and imaginary) that dwell in it. Along with their bodies-of-water avoidance, these instincts were life-sustaining in deepest, darkest Africa. You can take the African out the jungle, but you cannot take the jungle our of the African…ever.

  58. Charles B. Tiffany August 5, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    How could the authors and most of you cement heads get it so wrong. It has nothing to do with blacks liking rap or their personal short commings. It is pure tradition. My great great grand father fought in the Corn Field at Antitum and in front of the entrenchments at Cold Harbor. My great grand father took my grand father by train to Richmond so he could view the battlefieds; my grand father took my father to the same places; do you suppose there is a power on Earth that would keep me from being with my son when he walks the corn field with my grand son? Since Yankee liberals have destroyed the black family there are few legacies passed down. You would think that Ft. Wagner South Carolina would be a sacred place for African Americans. Last year less than 20,000 black people visited it even though there is a mass grave where 500 black heroes were buried with their white commander. 160,000 black men fought against slavery and 65 thousand were killed or wounded,4 times the white rate. Since no black kid knows who from his family line were among them,why would they visit their battlefields. Most who tour the parks are rvers. Since blacks are not living in intact familes they won`t be found crammed into a Road Trek with their mommy,daddy and dog.I can trace my roots back to 12th century Scotland.I can do this because we all venerated the folks who were before us and we live to honor them so we in turn will be honored by our children`s children. I can`t concieve what it must be like to not have 13 generations of grand fathers looking over my shoulder and telling me to behave with class and guts.

    Charles B. Tiffany

    Kissimmee, Florida

  59. ex-Indianapolis August 5, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    One of our major activities for family outings is to visit the Indiana State Parks. Almost all of them are in rural areas with little to no black populations. Once you leave Indy, Fort Wayne and Gary, there are very few minorities in the sticks (yes, I know there are way too many illegals in some areas.) While I have no desire to sleep out in the woods, it is great to go hiking, boating, etc. From time to time, I take my kids to the (Indianapolis) Indians (AAA baseball) game. The crowds are 95+% white. As much as possible, we gear our activities to minimize contact with blacks. They haven’t started flash mobs at state and national parks, yet!

  60. ProudtobeWhite August 5, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Who needs blacks in national parks? Do we really want tagged trees, white hiker beatdowns and muggings, trash everywhere, hootin’ an’ hollerin’ ruining nature’s beauty and solitude? I think not. They have no appreciation or respect for the natural world. Better to keep them confined in da hoods….

  61. Phil August 5, 2011 at 11:30 am #


    I think your plan will work. I would add one thing to the itinerary: A stop at the Yosemite Village store where a team of volunteers can insert sandwiches into the mouths of the visitors, while a Parks Services “Mastication Team” moves the visitors’ jaws up-and-down and massages the neck to facilitate chewing and swallowing.

  62. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Could it be that blacks are afraid of black bears?

  63. AwakeWhitePeople August 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    For blacks to thoroughly enjoy the National Parks, a welfare camp must be set up at the entrance for blacks only.

    This will provide them with their food, camping items, and general things needed to enjoy the experience. The park would also have all other racial groups and animals cordoned off to another section of the Park, so as to ward off any negative feelings or offences that may be occurred by blacks. All they would have to do is show up, and be reimbursed gas money, naturally, lest it be considered racist.

    This is obviously sarcasm, but watch it happen.

  64. Gerald Martin August 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    @Phil: I’ll add that to the program. Also need a gang of trash picker-uppers to follow along behind the caravan – blacks love to throw their empties every which way.

  65. Endangered Species August 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    It just so happens that Carolynn Finney is…black. And she is another black who is cheerleading the race-replacement of the Native Born White Americans Majority at the hands of high fertility post-1965 nonwhites.

    Don’t worry Jupiter. There will be cosmic justice.

    Calolynn Finney and others of her ilk (i.e.,blacks) will be the first ones ethnically cleansed through violence by those high fertility post-1965 nonwhites.

    It’s already happening in California because Hispanics, Asians and those from the Middle East despise blacks, won’t hire them and want them out of their children’s schools. They are impervious to black whining and crying about past injustices or historical grievances.. They won’t stand for black wilding around their businesses and families and will meet black violence with twice the violence. Blacks will be denied free housing, food and medical care by their new masters.

    People of color in the National Parks? Sure they are, setting out of control wildfires.

    Ask John McCain.

  66. Jack August 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    “Or, as [black park visitor Audrey] Peterman put it, “Even if the entire white population was bent on environmental protection, it won’t work if the other half of the population is not involved.”

    Trust me lady, when minorities are more than half the voting public the parks are the least of your worries.

  67. Mike B. August 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Where Are The People Of Color In National Parks?

    They’re out Flash Mobbing and Robbing:


    How many millions of times do we have to hear ‘underrepresented’ and ‘underserved’ and ‘people of color’ and ‘hyphenated American’ and ‘diverse’ and scores of other leftist buzz-words for “never-ending White’racism.'”?

    If it weren’t for their spineless, guilt-ridden, self-loathing, leftist White enablers, most of what’s happened in the last 45-50 years could have never happened.

  68. Tom August 5, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I don’t live near any national parks, but I assume that they all charge an admission fee. If the white race doesn’t give it to the black race for free, and if the blacks can’t steal it, then the blacks won’t be there.

  69. white is right, black is whack August 5, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    God, will the marxist, anti-white types just give it a break? Is there one white aspect in this world that doesn’t need to constantly have “people of color” in it? Really, we’re tired of having mulitculturalism and anti-white bigorty rubbed in our faces all the time. Yeah, there are not a lot of blacks or hispanics in our parks, and I’m glad. They’re not as likely to be trashed and I don’t have to worry about getting assaulted or killed or robbed, and our women can be safe not get raped either.

  70. Dennis August 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I live in Fresno, California and in the late 1970s I went to a private school here that was about 90 percent white and we would frequently go on school trips to the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, and I can clearly recall the Mexican/latino/hispanic boy, in response to questiong by the teachers, say that he didn’t like the mountains and would much prefer to hang out in the city with his pals, do drugs, etc.

  71. Frank August 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    What a waste of money this survey was. Who cares why some people do not visit the parks. The parks are there for everyone, whether we all use them or not.

  72. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Blacks have a heightened sense of fear of nature. You’ll hear black comics making statements such as “white people are crazy wanting to get near the lions.”

    Disregard the issue that blacks don’t want to “travel” long distances to visit these parks. They also avoid the beaches in their own cities, such as my home town in San Diego. Blacks will congregate in the grass or parking lot adjacent to the beach, but never set foot on the sand or in the water. They would rather hang out at the basketball courts near the beach with a heavy police presence, than on beach.

  73. Blaak Obongo August 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    “I dont understand the tone of comments in here considering all Blacks or Hispanics for that matter are the ghetto charicatures being portrayed.”

    No, not “all.” Just “the overwhelming majority of.” Can you understand that?

  74. Playing Roots Backwards August 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    Black folks probably heard that Billie Holiday song called “Strange Fruit”. Or maybe its all of those slasher movies that are set in the woods. Blacks NEVER fare well in those movies.

    Their absence doesn’t make me unhappy. When I visit national parks I never look around and exclaim, “Aw, shucks. There aren’t any Black people here again.”

  75. Bernie August 5, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    “Visitation figures are skewed even further when the visits in question are to parks that showcase wilderness and outdoor recreation. For example, at Yosemite National Park in California, a 2009 visitation survey showed that African Americans totaled just 1 percent of visitors, compared to 77 percent white and 11 percent each for Hispanics and Asians.”

    As usual, it is a black problem and not a “people of color” problem. Asians and Hispanics are well represented.

    Blacks are just different from everyone else. Everyone knows that.

  76. Luke August 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Hey, let’s be realistic here. The #1 reason that I like to camp and enjoy the outdoors and National Parks is because that is one of the only places or activities that I can go or engage in where I am almost 100 percent guaranteed not to see any non-whites.

    I told a friend of mine once, who likes to hike the Grand Canyon every year – that when, and if, the day comes where what used to be called ‘America’ was being run by a majority of blacks and mestizos, the Grand Canyon he loved so much would be filled to the rim with discarded KFC chicken bones and empty cans of Mexican beer.

    Get real. The only race of people on this planet that gives two cents about the environment and nature are White Europeans.

    Excepting those white morons who used to sit on trains crossing the frontier and shoot buffalo out of the windows, who’d rot where they dropped and not feed anyone. My father taught me as a hunter – never shoot any game that you aren’t going to eat, and that’s the rule that all whites should abide by.

  77. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    The minorities will be in the parks soon enough, although not in the way the author of this article imagines. They’ll be living in the tract housing built atop what once WAS the national park.

  78. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Suresh wrote ‘ I take my family to Yosemite every year and see plenty ‘people of color’ but not Africans- I see lots of Indian, Chinese, Japanese , Korean and tourists. Why is there no mention of this?

    The article stated that people of color overall were underrepresented in visit to the park since they accounted for 22 percent of the visitors in 2009 (but about 35 percent of the population). Asian visitors likely were not underrepresented since black and Hispanic were 17 percent of the visitors in 2009, thus the remaining five percent were Asians or Native Americans similar to their share of the US population.

  79. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    A few years back I went to a nearby state park during a holiday. This wasn’t a vast wilderness like our national parks, but it was a pleasant mixture of woods and lawns and a good place to have a picnic.

    Except… Plenty of blacks had discovered this park, and were picnicking with their families. What’s wrong with that? Well, every one had a boom box as was playing the loud thumping music that black people like. When white people have a picnic they don’t find it necessary to be accompanied by obnoxious noise.

    So I sure hope that blacks continue to stay away from our national parks.

  80. Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Eventually, when America becomes overwhelmingly non-White, the National Parks should be appropriated by Whites as the new United White States of America. Since non-Whites really have no interest in the park system, what loss would it be to them?

    In fact, they’d have a lot more money to spend on their welfare system if they don’t have to maintain the parks anymore. Whites, of course, would be happy because they’d be safely tucked away in regions of the country that are not easily accessible via the subway, city buses, and taxis.

  81. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Doesn’t anyone remember when Oprah and her sidekick went to Yosemite to encourage more blacks to visit the park and camp out? The one black male park ranger felt so bad that blacks do not frequent the parks. Of course he had to fill everyone in on how it was blacks that has contributed so much to our history and more falsehoods of their heroic deeds.

    Oprah and sidekick set up their trailer in a campground with (all White campers) and of course the White campers were thrilled. They all sounded like a bunch of guilty Whites that would welcome more black campers to the park. What a joke. Of course NO White could ever say what they truly felt. It was all staged.

  82. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Every year, our school takes our 95% black student population on a “nature walk” to see a state park. The boys don’t want to go because it will mess up their shoes, and the girls insist on taking their fake Coach and Luis V purses made of cardboard and plastic.

  83. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    In the State Parks of the state I live in, this same demographic

    is also obvious. An interesting element of it may be that basic arrangements do not easily incline to Blacks getting a camp site that is near camp sites occupied by other Blacks–unless, of course, a group of Black families makes reservations in advance.

    Since most camping is rather improvised (weather, menstrual cycle, family harmony level, payday, etc. ) the odds are slim for a particular Black family having other Blacks in proximity of where they camp. More basically, of course, Blacks have not evolved from an exploring / hunting / tradition typical of Northern European evolution. Camping probably taps into a sort of “racial memory” of Euro-Americans?

  84. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I once went camping in a California national park. Most of the vistors were white. There was a significant number of Mexicans and ONE black group. The blacks were a family. They were actually nice and invited us to dinner. Some of the Mexicans were ok, some left trash. The whites were mostly ok, but some of them were rowdy biker types and through lit cigarettes into the virgin forest. Mostly white is better, but not all whites are perfect.

  85. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    83-“More basically, of course, Blacks have not evolved from an exploring / hunting / tradition typical of Northern European evolution. Camping probably taps into a sort of “racial memory” of Euro-Americans? ”

    Correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t conventional wisdom hold the opposite? That is, blacks have not evolved because they live in jungles and hunt food rather than settling down and engage in farming? So, if anyone feels at ease in a forest, shouldn’t it be blacks?

  86. Jupiter7 August 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm #


    You and your fellow Hindus do not belong in our great National and State Parks…and in America as a whole for that matter. The Hindus in our great National and State Parks are just another post-1965 nonwhite import that now has the legal right to vote for the race-replacement of the Native Born White American Majority. Hindus in America are interlopers to the American scene.

  87. Antidote August 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Gubmint, please! Let the blacks alone! They simply don’t want to go camping. It ain’t racism; they just don’t like the outdoors. You basically pulled them by the scruff of the neck to home ownership, and did you read how that turned out? Liar loans, “predatory lending” and toxic bundles…and they wanted to stay in their rental units! They didn’t want home ownership!

    Will you force them to buy RVs and buy clothes out of the Bean catalogue? Will it all end in repossession and accusations of predatory camping?

    HINTS: They don’t like Nascar either. They don’t like opera. They don’t like C&W. They don’t like unmentholated cigs.

  88. Bobby August 8, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Honesly, why does it matter? It’s a question about as relevant as,

    Where are all the white people who aren’t playing the kazoo?

  89. Bobby August 8, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    #9 Jupiter7, excellent essay and I completely agree and have long come to a similar conclusion, at least eight or ten years ago. Much the same behavior is exibited by iconic big name American companies, as is by GE. I have also listened to Jack Welsh interviews, and the guy is bad news. He makes the robber barons of the late 1800’s look like the definition of moral economics. I’ve concluded that the only anti-dote for this is a return to absolute nationalism. That’s my theory, now the practical part……..?

  90. jdavis August 8, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I receive the monthly newsletter from our National Parks Service. I can’t wait to read how some ethnic minority has contributed so much to our parks system, in fact I have made it a joke amongst my peers to review each issue to see how our gov. can perpetrate some hoax.

    Lies and more lies don’t change the race or their actions. The broad brush of history tells the story, not some paid propogandist writer.

  91. Anonymous August 8, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    84 — Anonymous wrote at 10:33 AM on August 7:

    The whites were mostly ok, but some of them were rowdy biker types and through lit cigarettes into the virgin forest. Mostly white is better, but not all whites are perfect.


    Who ever said we are all “perfect”? Compared to WHAT? The blacks and mexicans?

    But, with all our (White) imperfections, I would gladly live among any of them, including the “bikers”.

  92. Jupiter7 August 8, 2011 at 10:55 am #


    Thanks. Simple explanatory principles are crucial for getting our fellow Native Born White Americans to quickly process what is happening them…and then revolting against their race-replacement at the hands of high fertility post-1965 nonwhites such as Suresh’s people.

    Racial Nationalism is a very normal and healthy thing. The Asians,Muslims and Hispanics all do it. And the Liberal White Greedy Cheating Class-Noam Chomsky for example-supports and promotes the public expression of Asian,Hispanic,Muslim and African racial nationalism within the borders of America…and they are forcing the Native Born White American Majority to subsidize their own race-replacement at the hands of hostile-highly racialized-high fertility-post-1965 nonwhite legal immigrants and their “American” born geneline like the one-Sudhail Mohammad-NJ Republican Governor Christie is about to appoint to the NJ Supreme Court. By the way, every Republican Presidential Candidate is enthusiastically on board with the policy of race-replacing the Native Born White American Majority.

    Do not give your consent to be governed by these sociopathic race-traitors.

  93. Anonymous August 10, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    Same here in UK. Go to the woods( I’ve never seen a black person out rambling in 40 years), any museum (including the world class one in London), any art gallery (ditto) and any bookshop and you’ll see one black person for every 500 whites. There must be a message here about their intelectual makeup.

  94. Anonymous August 12, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Jupiter7 @92: Who is your Candidate for President?

    Why is this an issue about not seeing Blacks in National Parks? Turn the News on any day of the week, and you will hear of shooting, rapes, assaults, and murders in our City Parks, so why on earth would we want these same criminals in our National Parks?

    White people who hike, fish, camp, and hunt do so to get away from all that is wrong with our Cities. And too much that is wrong with them is the over-abundance of non-Whites that live there.

    The only Blacks and Browns that I would accept, and even want to see in a National Park, at a great distance, of course, would be black and brown bears. Strangely enough, you’re a lot safer with them around, than those City types.