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Why Is Camping a White Thing? A Few Wild Theories

Why Is Camping a White Thing A Few Wild Theories


At first, I questioned my assumption that black people in America generally don’t go off into the forest to pitch a tent and cook beans over a fire. I am an urban negro, a man of the cities, but what of blacks in rural areas or blacks with high concentrations of white friends?

A perfunctory search for evidence yielded the statistic that in 2013, 70 percent of “outdoor participants” were white. The Facebook community page “Black People Camping and Hiking” has only 378 likes. Number 128 on the satirical list “Stuff White People Like” is camping. “Camping is a multi-day, multi-step, potentially lethal activity that will cost you a large amount of both time and money,” site founder Christian Lander writes

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Camping costs way too much time for most of us to afford. 

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