Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary

David Peterson, Star Tribune, April 8, 2014

Faced with numbers showing that its parks are underused by minorities and having spent millions to develop parks in largely white suburbs, the Metropolitan Council is moving to impose a “racial-equity” filter as it forms its latest long-term plan for transportation, land use and recreation.

The destination of millions in parks funding is emerging as an early point of conflict in those debates.

“This will make us uncomfortable, but we need to ‘go there’ or we will just keep getting the results we have been getting,” said Gary Cunningham of Minneapolis, chairman of a Met Council committee overseeing parks and planning.

Cunningham convened the first joint meeting this week with the Metropolitan Parks and Open Space Commission to underscore the importance of the issue.

The issue is perhaps best captured in park user counts showing large gaps in usage for some communities of color. Blacks, for instance, make up nearly 7 percent of the metro area’s population but less than 3 percent of regional parks users; for Hispanics, the comparable figures are 5 percent and 2 percent.

How a racial equity plan would work is unclear, but some Met Council members are already wary.

“Do we start dictating, ‘OK, Minneapolis can’t do anything [in the white-dominated] southwest; it has to go southeast or north because they don’t have enough stuff?’ ” asked council member Wendy Wulff of Lakeville. “Will Wirth Park get all the money because it’s next to north Minneapolis? I mean, how does this play out?”

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After months of research and focus groups aimed at understanding why people of color don’t more often visit the region’s marquee parks, planners are also considering more modest day-to-day tweaks, but ones that could also raise hackles.

A case in point: Hispanic families, often more prone to spontaneous multigenerational family gatherings, find themselves blocked out at parks by people who reserved space months earlier for family reunions. Should fewer reservations be offered so that each culture’s patterns can play out?

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The context for the discussions is the council’s emerging Thrive 2040 long-range plan, which stresses demographic change not only in race and ethnicity but in other forms, notably aging. The plan addresses things such as land use, transportation, housing and parks.

The Met Council is governed by a 17-member board whose members are appointed by the governor.

Many parks leaders are stressing a need to pivot away from child-centered parks to trails, which serve the rapidly rising senior population. But minorities tend to be younger and the parents of youngsters.

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The consensus of Monday’s joint session was to cautiously green-light a move by the Met Council staff to pursue more detailed suggestions.

“I think you’re in the right ZIP code here,” said Steve Chavez, who represents a diverse district in northern Dakota County. “But the devil’s in the details.”

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  • APaige

    So what they want is garbage and crime in the parks. Now I think pushing diversity for parks both local and national is starting to take on the same lunacy as the problems with ‘dolls’ and ‘hair.’

  • Whitetrashgang

    What they should offer is EBT day and date a fat white woman day. Maybe free hair weaves every second visitor. For the illegal aliens green cards and auto insurance should be a real crowd pleaser.I will now go outside and walk my dog , thank you.

  • JackKrak

    I once picked the wrong day to go to a county park. Some Urban Americans were having one of those “family reunions” they’re famous for. Watching them, I realized that they didn’t choose to go the park because it was a nice place or offered an attractive natural setting but because it had lots of parking, grill pits they didn’t have to clean up and plenty of room for dey chirren to run around.

    No basketball courts, though, but perhaps that has been fixed since I was there.

  • Lewis33

    “A case in point: Hispanic families, often more prone to spontaneous multigenerational family gatherings, find themselves blocked out at parks by people who reserved space months earlier for family reunions. Should fewer reservations be offered so that each culture’s patterns can play out?”

    Future time orientation = white privilege. You can’t make this stuff up…

    • Natassia

      Portuguese people (from Europe) do the same thing. I suspect that Italians are similar.

    • 1stworlder

      I guess they are going to discover the term Latino Littering.

    • bilderbuster

      So White families won’t be able to reserve space well in advance and just take their chances because space has to always be available anytime Blacks or Hispanic families get a bug up their butt and decide to do something on the spur of the moment.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Next they’ll make it illegal for restaurants to take reservations.

    • Nathanwartooth

      This bothered me the most.

      Reservations, which anyone can make, are apparently disruptive to Hispanics.

      This stuff has gone beyond parody.

      • Hallie Eva

        Should fewer reservations be offered so that each culture’s patterns can play out?

        There is is, anti-White policy at its finest.
        Punish White families and church groups who plan ahead, having made picnic reservations in advance.
        Reward those feting Jose for beating his third DUI arrest and deportation with a spontaneous multi-generational loud picnic in the park. [Leaving layers of litter about, of course.]

  • Tarczan

    In Cleveland we have a new head of the Metroparks who is from Minneapolis. One of the first things he did was to “adopt” five parks from the State of Ohio that were inner city lakefront parks. These parks have a sordid history. The parks are populated by blacks who make them unusable. Twenty years ago the City of Cleveland leased them to the State of Ohio because they were a disaster, beach fronts littered with soiled diapers, trash, etc. The only people who went there were drug dealers and criminals. After twenty years the State of Ohio did no better, the park rangers were the only ones in the state who carried side arms, the places were so dangerous.

    So this lib from Minnesota arrives and takes over these parks which the city failed at and the state failed at, and to pay for it he rams through a 50% tax increase. Most suburbanites thought it was going for their parks. Wrong, it’s going to try to rescue the darkie parks.

    I frequent the parks a lot, they are well kept up and were very well patrolled. The Park Rangers were always about. These days I rarely see a ranger, so when I saw one I asked him if the lakefront parks had anything to do with the decline in patrols. He said they weren’t supposed to talk about it, but that the Rangers were being overwhelmed with the Lakefront Parks. He said what are we to do when I guy is found lying on the ground with a needle in his arm, take care of him or respond to the lady who lost her
    dog?

    It is so sad seeing another nice white amenity destroyed by the blacks, with the aid of liberals.

    • curri

      Cultural Bolshevist USA is deeply insane, I’m glad I left for good 11 years ago. The area I live in is well under 1% black and they have no local equivalent of the Sec. 8 housing program.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Blacks destroy everything they touch. That’s why liberals love trying to integrate blacks into white communities. Liberals use blacks to ethnically cleanse whites.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      As a Minneapolis native, I’m sorry you wound up with our leftover liberals. It’s bad enough that they’ve destroyed Minneapolis; I wish they’d at least not spread their insanity to other cities.

  • skedaddle1

    Did they count the blacks and hispanics that use parks for their drug selling and gang meetups? Or how about the late-night spontaneous shootings at the park playground? I think the diversities use parks plenty, in their own cultural way, of course.

    • 1stworlder

      Or selling themselves out for sex in the parks?

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Why is it so difficult to accept that different races prefer different activities? Whites prefer recreational activities involving nature far more than other races. When I worked with black people I’d often have them remark after I came in from a walk that, “You smell like outdoors.” This was said as a negative thing. I’ve never heard another group of people use that phrase or have such an aversion to outdoor activity.

    • dcc2379

      No lie. Blacks prefer different activities and are afraid of dogs (well, to be fair, most are German Shepherds with a police handler). Back to the different activities. A black person in downstate Ohio I know went to a park and was looking around like a man just got off the ship at a slave auction. True story. He was asked what the problem was, and he stated he was afraid there might be alligators around.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Walking my 10 lb white dog around a black church a year ago and they were afraid of it. Blue black Africans, all I can say is the dog earned everything I paid for it for just that one day if nothing else.

      • Rhialto

        That is the key point as far as I’m concerned. The Minorities are NOT complaining about access; it’s the Liberals that are upset. It’s the same as the situation in State and National parks: The Black and Hispanic Minorities know that they can equally use these facilities. It’s only the Liberals that are moaning about Minority non-use.

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        • TheCogitator

          You are exactly right. But since liberalism is a mental disease, they are deranged enough to believe that blacks are just like us, and that if we enjoy parks they do too, and if they are not using them it must be discrimination and the fault of the whites who are not so afflicted with their mental disorder of liberalism.

          • dcc2379

            Liberals continue to try to be the father blacks never had. If that wasn’t enough, they also want to be my daddy. Their heavy-handed paternalism has led us to our current debacle.

      • IstvanIN

        I know a black woman from Alabama who is afraid of snake attacks anywhere not paved here in NJ. PS: we don’t have snake attacks here in NJ.

      • Alexandra1973

        You know…you could have jumped in and said you never know who’s keeping an alligator at their house. Watch the burglary rate drop.

  • JSS

    While we are on the subject of things that are under utilized by minorities I feel like birth control and respect for the safety and lives of others should be considered before parks.

    • dcc2379

      Reading! We are taught all slaves wanted to read, yet their freedmen brethren do not. Interesting.

    • [Guest]

      In my opinion, more serious than their underutilization of parks is their underutilization of Africa-bound ships.

  • Jesse James

    I say segregate parks by race so that the desired “cultural patterns can play out”.

    • [Guest]

      Segregate NATIONS, not parks.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The issue is perhaps best captured in park user counts showing large
    gaps in usage for some communities of color. Blacks, for instance, make
    up nearly 7 percent of the metro area’s population but less than 3
    percent of regional parks users; for Hispanics, the comparable figures
    are 5 percent and 2 percent.”

    WHY is this a problem exactly? Who cares who goes to the park and who does not?

    • 1stworlder

      Just think if they did a utilization on soap

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Because whenever there’s a racial disparity in ANYTHING, liberals automatically assume that it must be entirely due to discrimination. This is because they cannot comprehend the idea that different races are not just white people with darker skin tones; they literally believe that every race must be exactly as interested in every single activity on Earth as every other race or it’s has to mean evil whitey is being racist again.

    • dcc2379

      Maybe he means the problem is the 7 and 5 number is, well, 7 and 5 too high?

  • dcc2379

    Then, so it be ordered, that Minneapolis will offer the following services to increase minority participation in parks:
    10. Double minutes on Obama phones for first five hundred attendees.
    9. Water fountains change to Malt Liquor Fountains on Fridays at 8:00 until work on Monday.
    8. RU-486 pez dispenser handed to white rape victims at park kiosk.
    7. Drop welfare stubs in box for drawing for free upgrade from two bedroom to three bedroom apartment.
    6. Non-contact for sex offenders waived first Saturday of the month.
    5. Food baskets handed out Wednesday nights.
    4. Planned Parenthood McAbortion night at concession stand second and fourth Thursday.
    3. Gang War Section on south part of park; titled “Firing Range.”
    2. Theft and mugging signs warn “Proceed At Your Own Risk.”
    1. Beat Whitey Night coincides with State Fair once per year.

    • Xerxes22

      A Planned Perenthood McAbortion night and concession stand would be a very good idea. The problem is that most of these people would not take advantage of that offer, even if it were free. Most of us here support birth control and abortions for our Black and Mestizo residents. It,s not like there is ever going to be a shortage of them.

      • Moe

        As bad as it is with so many black babies coming into this world, would you believe that black women have the great majority of abortions…some probably use it as a method of birth control…

  • Romulus

    Expect more central park jogger attacks as diversity strikes. Now the traitors will force them on us even in the placed were we seek solitude.

  • D.B. Cooper

    All you have to do is put some “No Blacks Allowed” signs, and watch millions of blacks suddenly arrive.
    Meet Gary L. Cunningham. He has a degree in Public Policy.

    • Doomispixulated

      Uuuggghhhh…..that’s gross! D.B. what did you go and do that for? lol.

    • IstvanIN

      Looks like and M&M™ gone bad.

    • Brian

      Backpfeifengesicht personified.

  • J. Russo

    While I certainly do think that institutionalized racism is a problem, I don’t think there is any real issue with some people preferring to go the park over others.

    • Rhialto

      You’re posting to the wrong site. Try HuffPo or its ilk.

    • 1stworlder

      How does racism force blacks and latinos to litter?

      • J. Russo

        It doesn’t, and nobody should be excused for littering regardless of race. I might have been unclear in my original remark; what I meant to say was that there are situations in society where racial disparities may be indicative of hidden barriers that disproportionately harm them. I agree that racism – institutional or otherwise – is probably not involved in more people of some race preferring to go to the park over another.

        • [Guest]

          >>>I agree that racism – institutional or otherwise – is probably not involved in more people of some race preferring to go to the park over another.

          What, pray tell, is “institutional racism”? and do all the quotas, set-asides, preferences, “diversity” goals, etc., ad nauseam, qualify?

          Surely you are not implying that black and brown people suffer from “institutional racism” in the U.S., where government at every level practices explicitly anti-white policies.

          • J. Russo

            Well, I’m not so sure myself anymore seeing as almost everything I thought I knew about race is apparently incorrect. And something tells me I’ll be slapped down this time too, so I suppose I’ll retract my remark about institutional racism.

          • [Guest]

            No slap intended. It’s just that “institutional racism” is a propaganda term used by some of the most virulent racists imaginable—modern-day America’s self-declared “anti-racists.”

            Just about every institution in the U.S. today is, as a matter of official policy, openly racist TOWARD WHITE PEOPLE.

          • dcc2379

            Institutional racism defined: When a black dont get a job or a contract, it ain’t nevah his fault for even if whitey don’t know it, we all some how magically equal the same cloned practically ‘cept the white person has hatred in his heart. Amen and let AG Holder enforce that while we sing, “Moving on up, finally got a p-eeee-ce of the piiiiiii.”

    • bilderbuster

      The only issue I have is that coon hunting isn’t allowed in the parks.

  • libertarian1234

    “Quest for ‘Racial Equity’ in Parks Has Some Wary”

    I don’t know why anyone would be wary with blacks going to the great outdoors since it only means the areas will be inundated with crime, chaos, and mob attacks there too, in addition to mass rioting at picnics.

    • bilderbuster

      Chuck E Cheese is too confining.

  • [Guest]

    >>>Faced with numbers showing that its parks are underused by minorities…

    Total, unadulterated madness!

    • 1stworlder

      They just need to look at the park after hours when drug dealers, and pimps take over the park.

      • dcc2379

        Tell a joke at night and could the pieces of gold next to white you see flash.

  • exLibtard

    After months of research and focus groups aimed at understanding why people of color don’t more often visit the region’s marquee parks, planners are also considering more modest day-to-day tweaks, but ones that could also raise hackles.

    This reminds me of that old advertising joke about dog food:

    A big firm gets an account to launch a new brand of dog food. It’s an all-hands-on-deck operation, with people working flat-out on logos, slogans, music, endorsements, product placement, and ads suited to every medium. Launch day comes, and everything goes perfectly. But after a couple of weeks, sales are miserable, and it becomes clear that the campaign is tanking.

    The entire firm gathers in the big conference room for a gloomy post-mortem. Each element of the launch is second-guessed, and recriminations are flying. Finally, a junior writer in a seat against the wall timidly raises his hand and ventures his opinion: “Maybe the dogs didn’t like it.”

  • The Final Solution

    Why? WHY? Who the hell gives a damn that minorities aren’t using the parks. Let’s look at the numbers – “Blacks, for instance, make up nearly 7 percent of the metro area’s population but less than 3 percent of regional parks users; for Hispanics, the comparable figures are 5 percent and 2 percent” That seems like a pretty good proportion to me. I doubt 100% of whites use the park either. So basically this is utter nonsense. Once again diversity is the problem and the “solution” is to take more from whites. And the spontaneous gatherings? Clearly the white man’s rules are preventing these Zulus from celebrating their “culture” whenever they please.

  • MBlanc46

    Negroes don’t like the woods. You could spend the entire federal revenue “encouraging” Negroes to go into the woods, but they won’t do it.

  • Moe

    Somehow this reminds me of the ‘Tiger Woods effect’ on golf. After the dark skinned Woods became a golf phenom, all of a sudden the generally white city golf clubs were catering to the disadvantaged youths to try to get them into the game…gee I wonder how many of them yoots are still playing the game?

  • Rhialto

    I have had similar experiences with Hispanic infiltration into local public parks, except for the “dirty looks”. In fact the young Hispanics were completely oblivious to me, and if I hadn’t maneuvered would have run into me. The Hispanics left considerable trash and garbage.

  • dcc2379

    Don’t flatter yourself, for there could also be another, more benign reason: Five generations live under one roof in what you thought was an ananda owned, burned out two bedroom three houses down from you. How they all fit in the Volkswagen to go to the gathering is beyond me.

  • The point appears to drive well-behaved young white families out of the parks for which their property taxes have paid.