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 > “I was shocked with just how white it was there,” she said.

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Terryallan

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toedtoes wrote:

It's not as simple as "they don't want to go camping". Many people (of all backgrounds) have never experienced nature. They live in cities or suburbs and never range outside of that area, so they never learn what else is out there.

Ca!ifornia State Parks has a program to get kids from inner cities out camping. It has been ongoing for years and is considered an important and successful program.

There are PSAs sponsored by the National Forests, etc., encouraging families of all backgrounds to get out into the forests.

And yes, some folks worry about the reaction to their going camping. An ex-co-worker and his friends would go camping, but are concerned about the reaction when a group of male hispanics show up in a campground. Unfortunately, people are not always welcoming and are willing (even eager) to assume the worst.

In the end, yes, there is a disconnect between camping and minorities. If the industry sees an opportunity to bridge that then more power to them.

I have never understood the negativity towards attempts of inclusion. Inclusion is good.


The problem is artificial inclusion / favoring one over another / making it easier for one just to include them. that is wrong. I disagree with you on the want to. Truth is. If a person, no matter what Race, wants to camp, and have the ability to get the camping supplies. They will. It is pretty much, that simple.

Truth is. there are a lot of Hispanic campers, as there are a lot of Asian campers. Why? because they want to. But there aren't a lot of Black campers, some but not as many as others. Why? Because they don't want to.


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Posted: 09/11/19 02:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fj12ryder wrote:

Of course that's if you have an open mind. [emoticon]


well, you've come to the wrong place then lol.


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Hell, I'm white and I get tired of looking at all the white people in RV parks and campgrounds. And it seems most are either boring bourgeois white bread types or white trash. Not too many as hep as I am.

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Well, I guess even RV.net is no longer color blind.

I do not care if you are red, yellow, green, purple, or any blend thereof... if you want to camp, go camp. If you don't want to camp, don't.

Is the next step quota's? Only "x" percentage of a campground can be occupied by a single ethnic group at any time? Affirmative action for RVers.

SMH in disgust.

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Posted: 09/11/19 03:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know about y'all, but the "diversity" of the management at a campground never enters into the decision process when I'm picking a place to stay. I'm not sure how to even find that out. Maybe it should be a new category in campgroundreviews.com.





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Well Turning folks away based on race or national origin is as old as America.
"No Irish need apply" For example
Whites only
No Jews (Yup that's another one)
No Gays
No _________
And eventually likely no YOU

Many and I won't name the current most famous have had their Rump's dragged into court and had to pay big bucks to the folks who fill in the blank above..

Many. Some have even been invited to spend some time in an exclusive hotel for people who engage in criminal actions.. Sadly. not enough have done so.


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Walaby wrote:

Well, I guess even RV.net is no longer color blind.

I do not care if you are red, yellow, green, purple, or any blend thereof... if you want to camp, go camp. If you don't want to camp, don't.

Is the next step quota's? Only "x" percentage of a campground can be occupied by a single ethnic group at any time? Affirmative action for RVers.

SMH in disgust.

Mike


Well said.

Doesn't matter what color your skin, we all have different interests. If EVERYONE liked to camp, there would be no sites left for anybody.

I personally have seen two seperate black families camping and I have traveled all over this great country and into Alaska several times. Different strokes for different folks. Best to leave this 'sleeping dog' alone, before it wakes up and 'bites'.

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Posted: 09/11/19 03:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's an industry trade group folks. All this, is about, is, what they perceive, as an underserved new market. From which there is money to be made. The meeting was about how to tap into that market. It is not about white, black or space aliens for that matter. (which if we had space aliens, they would try to get them to camp as well). It is about three things, money, money and money

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irishtom29 wrote:

Hell, I'm white and I get tired of looking at all the white people in RV parks and campgrounds. And it seems most are either boring bourgeois white bread types or white trash. Not too many as hep as I am.
Sorry, but using "hep" instead of "hip" puts you waaaay into the non-hip group. Most of the "hip" folk will figure you simply can't spell. [emoticon] You old hep cat you.


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fj12ryder wrote:

wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Whats beyond their comprehension is that the thing stopping more minorities from camping is that,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
They choose not to.
For some it may be economic, for a few others it's too close to things their families recently left behind, and for the majority, life with "all the modern conveniences" is preferable.
And you know that because you're a minority. Right? And heaven knows that's the way "they" like it.

I have 2 grandkids that have married Hispanics and I believe their spouses wouldn't go camping if I paid them. Both will tell you it's not their thing. They are both in early 20's so that might change. Not a scientific pole , just 2 minority's that don't like camping. Good grief, how many non minority don't like to camp, a lot.

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