Racism certainly exists in our society, and overall it is a very good thing that some from all political affiliations are making a productive effort to get Americans from different backgrounds to get along. However, many liberals certainly are not helping this cause by claiming that everything is somehow “racist.”
In a recent laughable example of this, a liberal student at Pitzer College in Claremont, California claimed that the outdoors are “predominantly white spaces.” He seems to forget the obvious fact that plants and rocks don’t have any ethnicity, and that our country’s fine national and state park systems are open to everybody.
McCann, who is white and has enough money to attend an expensive college, wrote in the tuition-funded student newspaper, “Historically, white people in imperialist conquests have appropriated land as their own. North America rightfully belongs to indigenous communities, yet it has been taken away from them by force. Consequently, a false sense of ownership of nature permeates white America.”
He went on, “The image of a modern outdoor enthusiasts is white, as is the historical image of a naturalist.” He added, as if it is a bad thing, “The great icons of nature—John Muir, Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau—are all white men. At present, most famous rock climbers are also disproportionately white.”
He then said, “The image of the ‘outdoorsy individual’ is an exclusive classification that gives white people the authority to venture into the outdoors freely, leaving people of color behind.” He added, “This discomfort is unfortunately caused by existing racial boundaries. Due to the predominance of whiteness in the outdoors, people of color have been denied access to the outdoors.” Malcolm urged white people to fight this by “exerting caution as to not dominate ownership” of the tern “outdoorsy.” Has this self-hating white liberal lost his mind?