Parks, Recreation and Racial Bean Counting

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion, November 25, 2013

Virginia’s recreational assets include 33,610 picnic tables, 5,740 miles of hiking trails, 2,671 basketball courts and 695 outdoor pools. Walking for pleasure is the favorite outdoor recreational activity of Virginians, followed by visiting historic sites and visiting natural areas and nature preserves.

Those are among the fascinating tidbits of information contained in the latest issue of The Virginia News Letter, “Outdoor Recreation in Virginia Today: Trends and Policies,” by Terance J. Rephann, an economist with the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

You’ll also find in this report the facts that 29% of white people enjoy hiking and backpacking compared to only 4.8% of blacks and that almost 19% of whites like canoeing, kayaking and rowing compared to less than 1% of blacks. Rephann finds such differences in preferences to be quite distressing and, in the case of the even larger participation gap in the enjoyment of “natural areas, preserves or refuges,” a matter that needs redress by public policy.

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Rephann avoids calling for massive new spending on parks and recreation. As the population ages, there may be less demand in some localities for some categories of active recreation. “Deactivating facilities and converting them to low-maintenance open space or other private uses in declining population areas may be a painful but necessary decision for many communities.” And there is evidence, he says, that Virginia ‘s park system has significant excess capacity that can meet increased future demand resulting from population growth.

Unfortunately, Rephann seems obsessed by seeming racial disparities in the choice of outdoor recreational activities, particularly the fact that 54.6% of white people patronize “natural areas, preserves or refuges” while only 20.5% of black people do.

It’s hard to know what to make of that 34 percentage-point chasm. A different data point in the same survey indicates only a 7% gap in “visiting natural resources.” But Rephann seems convinced that there’s a problem and that it must be addressed. He concedes that some of the difference in preferences may be attributed to socio-economic status. Golf and skiing are expensive past-times; blacks have less income overall, so they golf less and ski less. But he also sees a sinister tie to the history of segregation. “In the past, African Americans were hindered from using public parks and facilities because of segregation. . . . Some researchers have hypothesized that choosing not to participate in certain outdoors recreation associated with white privilege may be a form of ‘resistance and self-determination’ built up after years of being denied equal access.”

What is to be done? One possibility, Rephann concedes, is to do nothing because the disparities represent different cultural preferences. Policy should focus instead on developing programs for the recreational activities that African Americans already enjoy—an outlook that I share. But that’s not good enough. No, says Rephann, it is of fundamental importance that blacks patronize natural areas and preserves in equal measure.

Rephann focuses on the need to recruit and retain black employees to “ensure a welcoming atmosphere” for minority visitors to wilderness outdoor settings. Alas, blacks are “underrepresented” among park employees, Rephann notes, because fewer minorities pursue careers in natural resources fields; only 2.7% of the degrees in forestry, wildlife management and environmental sciences go to blacks compared to 27.4% of the degrees for physical education teaching and coaching. Rephann suggests addressing that disparity with more aggressive marketing and outreach through schools, churches and special events, introducing means-tested user fees and assigning “greater weights to facility funding for activities affected by segregation.

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In the scale of challenges faced by blacks in contemporary American society, the lack of interest in visiting nature preserves has got to be at the very bottom. In many ways, “Outdoor Recreation in Virginia Today” makes a useful contribution to the public policy discussion. Too bad it got side-tracked by a non-existent issue of race.

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  • dd121

    It’s one of the reasons I like hiking in national and state parks. No blacks.

    • Erasmus

      I’ll wager that the small percent of blacks who do like outdoor recreation have a lot of white in them.

      • Spartacus

        I’ll wager they do it to get away from other blacks .

      • Jefferson

        Bantus love the outdoors and mother nature, like Whites love Tyler Perry Medea movies.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I like winter skiing. No blacks.

      • Erasmus

        Our national parks and forests are glorious places in Winter. The air is cold, crisp and clean. But for the wind through the tree, the sound of water, the calls of the occasional bird and the sound of your boots or snowshoes on the snow, silence reigns, nothing that will appeal to most bantus.

      • obot

        In all my ski trips, I’ve seen 2 negroes. That was at Beckenridge. They weren’t on the mountain, but they were wearing ski clothes.

  • Rhialto

    What’s this! A Liberal embedded in the schooling system is obsessed about race. I would be surprised if Rephan were not obsessed about Black usage of hiking trails and aqueous activities.

    I hear a “dog whistle”. Rephan is implying that Blacks lack the intelligence to know how to have fun.

  • CharlesFinley

    I just can’t believe that so few groids are into canoeing, kayaking and rowing.

    We have failed them in every way.

    • Brian

      Clearly they need massive Affirmative Recreation, pronto.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes for every white outside a black has to be outside or everyone has to go home.

  • Puggg

    No, says Rephann, it is of fundamental importance that blacks patronize natural areas and preserves in equal measure.

    Not enough blacks running around state parks. The world’s biggest problem.

    • JohnEngelman

      Now if we could only get them out of city parks the crime rate would go down.

      • 1stworlder

        Leave them in the parks they will only attack people who think they are equals.

  • JohnEngelman

    It is also true that very few blacks patronize public libraries, museums, and art gallerias. I hope the government does not try to change this.

    • 1stworlder

      affirmative action for symphonies, they will have to hand out free tickets to groids.

      • Non Humans

        Yeah right, classical music makes their ears bleed. While job applications burn their skin and eyes.

    • Jesse James

      Look at Detroit, what blacks control and don’t use will be shut down, sold off or vandalized.

    • Jefferson

      I remember going to see Jersey Boys when I was in New York City, which is about Frankie Valli.

      The crowd was overwhelmingly White. Very few Groids.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Plenty of blacks go to libraries now that libraries have computers. Dey gotz ta be checkin’ dey facebook, gnome sayin’?

      • Brian

        The English language won’t murder itself… eh, I mean, culturally enrich itself with colorful ghetto neologisms.

  • rowingfool

    Why doesn’t Rephann study the phenomenon of low white representation in predominantly black activities such as hanging out on street corners, drug dealing, shooting craps, pimping, rape and murder?

    Why the asymmetry of interest? Aren’t whites being culturally deprived as well?

  • Lewis33

    No matter what happens, I will always love my dad for taking me to Indiana’s many state parks. You figure it out.

  • James Bro

    Parks are meant to be enjoyed by families, negroes don’t share the same ideas on families as whites, they don’t have any real values at all when I think of it.

    • Spartacus

      Isn’t fried chicken with watermelon a value ?

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well it could be sold as a Mcdonalds value meal ,maybe with a side order of 9mm ammo in case something happens in the parking lot.

  • Spartacus

    “Rephann finds such differences in preferences to be quite distressing
    and, in the case of the even larger participation gap in the enjoyment
    of “natural areas, preserves or refuges,” a matter that needs redress by
    public policy.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    There was a time when matters of public policy in the US where building nukes and putting men on the moon. Now it’s this…

    America is dead. Long live the Confederacy !

  • Jesse James

    What? Blacks don’t use the national and state parks? We need to stop wasting money on them too. Close them down and put all that wasted money into social welfare programs. We need to crush the National Park Service just like we did NASA. It was obscene the way all those white people wasted money blasting it off into outer space when there were millions of negroes who just needed a little more help.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Never forget the rockets were painted white, now how more racist can you get?

    • John R

      And don’t forget, that we need more programs elevating the “self-esteem” of blacks, making them feel good about themselves, and take pride in their superior African culture.

  • panjoomby

    i always feel safest walking on nature center trails. especially in really cold weather – that’s double protection! (triple counting conceal/carry:)

  • 1stworlder

    Has anyone managed to post on the moderated comments? I posted about winners of short distance runs vs swimming & strength in the Olympics shows that the water activities at parks wouldn’t be good for them.

  • Erasmus

    Only 4.8% of blacks like hiking and camping? Mercy! Whatever will we do???? We’ve got kids killing kids and Shaqwana and Kyreesha are siring the next generation of murderous ghetto spawn, but we’re supposed to worry because only 4.8% of blacks like hiking and camping??? Gimme a friggin’ break.

    • rowingfool

      Liberals like Rephann actually believe that if Blacks just took up hiking and kayaking then they would give up their ghetto ways and become open minded, tolerant liberals just like Rephann and the world would be twice as well off because implicitly he humbly believes that there’s no such thing as too many Rephanns.

      • Erasmus

        An appreciation for the quiet splendor of nature requires the ability to pause, be silent and reflect, things that most blacks can’t do.

        • John R

          Pause, be silent, and reflect? Black people? Now that is a FUNNY post!

    • Non Humans

      Im appalled that 4.8% of nonhumans indulge in nature activities, as stated above. We’ve got to find a way to rid this 4.8% of nonhumans of this preference. Its one of the last strongholds of recreation that they havent ruined for everyone….yet.

  • Anglo

    Hiking and exploring in state and national parks is one of the few activities I can enjoy free from Blacks and Browns. Diversity is not interested in outdoor pursuits as rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, camping, nature observation, etc. Terance J. Rephann is another liberal idiopath stirring up trouble.

  • bigone4u

    Blacks get nothing out of beauty. They have no appreciation for it. Any group that produces the gutter culture of rap/hip-hop and calls it art or poetry is beyond redemption.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Terance J. Rephann finds such differences in preferences to be quite distressing and … a matter that needs redress by public policy.

    If Terance J. Rephann were the only sick-headed fool who thought like this, he’d be one too many.

  • IstvanIN

    Shenandoah Public Housing Estates…..now that is something blacks will line up for.

  • Brian

    Rephann finds such differences in preferences to be quite distressing
    and, in the case of the even larger participation gap in the enjoyment
    of “natural areas, preserves or refuges,” a matter that needs redress by
    public policy.
    ===
    Blacks don’t like classical music much, as a preference. Is that distressing? Does it require ‘redress by public policy’? What is going on in this fool’s head? My neighbor enjoys asparagus and I don’t. So what?

    • Non Humans

      Is your neighbor black?

      • Brian

        No.

  • Brian

    “In the past, African Americans were hindered from using public parks
    and facilities because of segregation. . . . Some researchers have
    hypothesized that choosing not to participate in certain outdoors
    recreation associated with white privilege may be a form of ‘resistance
    and self-determination’ built up after years of being denied equal
    access.”
    ===
    Yeah, it’s all part of the blacks’ subtle, long-term master plan. Well if so, they should apply the same resistance strategy to all other areas associated with white privilege. Throw me in that briar patch, please.

    • Alexandra1973

      I knew it! YT’s to blame!

    • MBlanc46

      If that’s so, let them keep on resisting. That said, I wonder whether this study is skewed because it is restricted to state facilities. In Chicago and Cook County, parks and forest preserves are inundated by Negroes in the summer. On a July or August Sunday, a park can be wall-to-wall black “family reunions”.

      • Brian

        It must be difficult for them to decide who to invite to these reunions. I wonder if they offer DNA paternity testing at the parks?

        • MBlanc46

          I imagine that the lineages are largely maternal.

  • Brian

    Large gaps persist in outdoor recreation use by black and white
    Virginians, according to the study. Meanwhile, some activities, such as
    walking and soccer, have gained in popularity while others such as
    baseball, hunting and fishing have decreased.
    ===
    What a mystery. Soccer is more popular, while baseball and hunting are down. This needs more study (and funding). Could take years to tease through the data.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Brian, you quote the article as reporting hunting has decreased among blax?
      Did they forget about the honorable sport, polar bear hunting? That takes a lot of courage and perseverance. Oops, my mistake.
      Organization skills, that’s what it takes. You have to text fellow coward thug friends, axe them to join you on a hunting trip for elder whites and women to beat half to death.

      • Brian

        Heh. They were saying hunting has decreased overall, which I assume is simply due to whites shrinking as a % of the US population. The only people I have ever known who hunted were all white.

        But maybe the blahs could flashmob a deer to death? They only hunt in packs.

        • itdoesnotmatter

          Now there’s an idea. Problem is, blax don’t go into deer areas.
          Back packing into the Sierra Wilderness a few years ago, we came upon a high altitude hanging meadow where dozens of mule-eared deer were grazing. They were so unused to the presence of humans they were not afraid of us.
          We did not see any blax, though.

          • Brian

            It’s refreshing to take whatever opportunity you can to rid oneself of les noirs, however temporarily. Strange though, how they are so scared of the great outdoors. Their ancestors hunted game in Africa, yet they have degenerated like a bird species that can no longer fly.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            They hunted in packs then, too, but for a reason, wild African game were deadly. Now, their mates are the “wild game” to fear, though their leaders tell them it is Whites who are feared, as we are out there, poised and ready to “hunt them down like dogs.” Yes, sure. Always comes down to us, doesn’t it?

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    The fact that anyone, even liberal racial egalitarians, sees this as a problem is astounding.

  • robinbishop34

    I wonder when an ‘aggressive outreach program’ will be implemented to get blacks to attend Metallica concerts?

  • ViktorNN

    I think it boils down to the fact that camping, hiking, and backpacking are work.

    One look at the gigantic posteriors of most blacks tells us all we need to know about what most black people think of such activities.

    • Alexandra1973

      I wonder if the only exercise they get is running from “da po-po.”

      Even that is hindered by their droopy drawers.

  • Brian

    I’d love to see the footage of NarQuon trying the Knockout Game on a grizzly bear!

  • Yale2001

    Funny, they would never admit their goals but it is to be just like us. They wish to mimic us in every way possible. They hope that if they follow our paths directly they will miraculously change as a people. They want.

  • James Bro

    Keep up the good work Bill!

  • Erasmus

    Anyone can hike. All you need is a pair of sturdy shoes, which can be had for much less than the price of a new pair of Air Jordans. Used daypacks can be found at any thrift store, and most trails are so well marked that they can be followed without map and compass.

    An appreciation for nature (or symphonic music, renaissance art or 19th century French novels for that matter) is beyond the intellectual ken of most blacks.

  • Luca

    Remember those memorable scenes from the movie “The Miracle Worker” whereby Anne Sullivan is trying to get a young Helen Keller to eat with a fork and spoon? No matter how many times Keller is offered or forced to use eating utensils, she gets violent and throws them away and starts eating like an animal with her hands. Her parents are in the background saying “Leave the poor child alone, it’s not her fault” or something to that effect.

    So it is with blacks. You can give them every opportunity, every advantage in the world, you can practically shove it in their face and they simply revert to their feral instincts.

    Give them schooling and they do not learn, give them housing and they thrash it, allow them in civilized, desegregated society and they bring crime, drugs, and social destruction, give them money and it is spent on foolish harmful things, give them food stamps and they sell them and give them National Parks and they not use them. And in the background are their Lefty enablers saying “Leave these poor victims alone, it’s not their fault.”

    At least Helen Keller finally came around and changed for the better. In the PC world their is no happy ending with blacks, just the endless insanity of watching liberals let them get away with murder and make excuses for them..

  • judenjager

    Our National Parks are clean, beautiful and safe. I’m glad the savages shun them.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Judenjager, the article stated that if “minority” park numbers don’t increase, federal funding will be cut back, if not withdrawn.
      I don’t trust the muzzie in chief not to pull such a stunt. His administrative behavior thus far is a tell: he plans to do all he can to visit pain and suffering on Whites, whom he hates. Have you read his books? He openly rejects his mother’s European heritage.
      The U.N. Globalist’s Agenda 21 official map reveals their plan to seize all our open lands, wilderness areas, game preserves, forests, National Parks, and declare them publicly inaccessible without government authorization. We will be herded into more easily managed high density cities.

  • saxonsun

    Porch monkeys!

  • SFLBIB

    “Rephann finds such differences in preferences to be quite distressing…”

    “Someone once defined a social problem as a situation in which the real world differs from the theories of intellectuals. To the intelligentsia, it follows, as the night follows the day, that it is the real world that is wrong and which needs to change.”

    and

    “Victimhood is where it’s at. If there are not enough real victims, then fictitious victims must be created.” – Thomas Sowell

  • ixObserver

    Since surviving in the savannah doesn’t require a lot of hard work due to abundance of food, they never got used to planning, working hard which is why they don’t like outdoors in America. And for those in Africa I’d imagine living so close to nature for so long probably took away the attraction for it compared to luxuries of city life.

  • John R

    Thanks for the info. I now know of at least two recreational activities that it is safe to enjoy with my family.

  • John R

    Show posters of beautiful, blonde, “wite wimens” hiking and canoeing, then blacks might get interested.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    Rephann notes, “because fewer minorities pursue careers.” in natural resources fields

    There, fixed it.

  • ViktorNN

    The Mexican mindset is if it’s public then anything valuable must be stolen and whatever’s left must be destroyed or ruined. Absolutely no sense of civic pride or shared ownership. It makes sense when you consider that most of them jumped the border to get here. These people are guided by nothing other getting whatever they can, wherever they can, with as little effort as possible.

  • MBlanc46

    Well, they may have been in the parks to rob hikers and backpackers. But I can’t imagine a Negro in a canoe.

  • Rhialto

    I belonged to a hiking group that achieved similar results, but did so by treating the (few) Blacks who joined up equally. No attempt was made to keep them out; no attempt was made to flatter or cater to them. We didn’t ignore them; we didn’t make a fuss over them. Thus their only motivating factor was taking long walks in rough terrain, and this was a good reason for the Blacks to quit.

  • Luis

    One reason may be that Bantus are afraid they’ll encounter white men with guns – especially if it’s hunting season. So they tend to avoid public parks.

    It must be a cultural thing from the rural South. Bantus might start getting flashbacks.

    Amrenners may recall that Michael Jordan’s father was robbed and killed while he was sleeping in his car, in rural North Carolina some years ago. I always wondered why he didn’t go to a motel.

    Here’s the irony: His killers were a Bantu and a North American aborigine.