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September 6, 2013 - Harry Eagar
The New York Times has a remarkably bad story about minority visitors to national parks. Not as bad as anything in Style, but for the news columns really stupid. It cites a National Parks study worrying that only 1 in 5 visitors to our magnificent national parks is African-American -- not stated that this is about the same as the proportion of blacks in the whole population.

It certainly would not surprise me to discover that blacks are underrepresented at, say, Yellowstone, just as they are underrepresented at Bohemian Grove. It takes money to visit Yellowstone, and to the extent that blacks and browns have less money, I'd expect they'd go to Yellowstone less frequently.

I'm not sure places like Chickamauga hold any particular allure for black people, either.

But what struck me most strongly about this piece was the lack of recognition that Americans are a minority at our great national parks, or some of them.

I was at Grand Canyon in July. Only 1 in 5 visitors is American. That fits the profile of the group I went up with -- one American and five from Ulster.

And has anyone noticed that an unusually large proportion o Japanese visit the Arizona Memorial? The Times should investigate!


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Sep-08-13 5:45 PM

President Obama has Airforce One at his command. Others must travel via another country to fly to Africa.

Appreciate the teaching. I learn daily.


Sep-06-13 7:41 PM

Some African Americans (Obama among them) do visit the Slave Coast (like Cape Coast Castle) to inspect the spot where so many prisoners were exported to America. That's even more expensive than a bus trip to Yellowstone, made even more inconvenient by the fact that no American airline flies to Africa.

I bet not many people realize that--second biggest continent buy you cannot get there without relying on foreigners.


Sep-06-13 6:30 PM

Chickamauga "Gateway to the Deep South." I do not think any African Americans would want to see where Southerners fought for slavery.

Chattanooga " the death-knell of the Confederacy." Maybe if many African Americans knew history about the Union beating the Confederates there, it may attract more people. Thanks for stirring my curiousity.


Sep-06-13 6:21 PM

Japanese visit to honor the dead. Americans and Japanese who fought each other.

I don't see any African Americans going to Africa and visit their heritage. Maybe afraid that they will be killed or not be able to return. Maybe they will be killed and someone else takes their place and returns to America.

About having less money, blings aren't cheap stuff. Nikes, etc. etc. African Americans priority is not to visit but what they can show, off. Hispanics or Latinos care about showing, off.


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