It has begun (like it never stopped)
I was prepared to go to bed when I read this:
Black campers recruit against history, stereotype
GADSDEN, Ala.—The throngs filling campgrounds across America this weekend will include hardy outdoors types and those who prefer creature comforts, but they'll have at least one important thing in common: Nearly all of them are white.
A small but committed group of campers is trying to change that by growing a generation of black campers, one person at a time.
The National African-American RVers Association is composed almost exclusively of black people who camp, although it includes a few whites and Hispanics. The group doesn't have much money to buy ads or solicit new members.
Instead, it always holds its major national gathering in July when schools are out so children and grandchildren can come along.
"We cater mostly to the family so that our young people will be able to grow up understanding the outside world and seeing the creation that God has created for us and how beautiful it is," said the Rev. John Womack of Boston, the group's president.
Getting more blacks into the woods would mean breaking decades of stereotypes and overcoming a long-standing leeriness that members say many have about camping. Bad things happen to black people in the woods, the story goes, and they can't afford recreational vehicles....
Two things struck me:
The lack of a word: Lynching.
The author and interviewees dance around it, but they never say out loud that black people's life expectancy has historically gone down when they traveled to a rural area, or a neighborhood, or hell, any area where they are not expected to be. This is still true, in this age. Read Orcinus for context.
And, the inevitable reader response:
I would never believe that on a Memorial Day weekend the Denver Post would spend it's time posting racist articles then respecting the veterans who gave their lives for our country.
His complaint? That the black RV group was racist for merely existing. And, he has company and support.
This is what we're talking about when racism becomes trivialized and used as a scattershot weapon by people who know better. We create the weapons, and the usual suspects use them -- but they have no remorse in using them to shout any story down about racial differences in this country, and by and large, They win.