Do you love the great outdoors? Do you find nature comfortable and relaxing? Well, if you do, it’s probably because you’re white, according to a student at Claremont College in California.
That’s right. In a recent op-ed in a student-ran newspaper, student Malcolm McCann claimed that non-white people are excluded from the outdoors because of white supremacy.
“Due to the predominance of whiteness in the outdoors, people of color have been denied access to the outdoors,” the op-ed says.
Yeah, he’s serious. Somehow…
McCann seems to take issue with outdoor programs at Claremont, which is a conglomerate of five colleges known as the “5Cs.” Those programs, McCann argued, are the most funded on campus, yet are saturated with white supremacy. McCann admitted the clubs are open for all people, no matter the color of someone’s skin, but not everyone feels safe to attend.
“This discomfort is unfortunately caused by existing racial boundaries,” he claimed.
These so-called “racial boundaries” only exist in the eyes of people of color. White people never tell black people to not enjoy nature or take part of their school’s outdoor programs.
The writer added: “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.”
McCann then goes on to take issue with the “image of modern outdoor enthusiasts,” which he claimed is of white men.
“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,” McCann wrote.
Huh. Who knew black people couldn’t call themselves “outdoorsy”? I sure didn’t. Probably because that’s a load of grade-A bologna. Any race can “venture into the outdoors freely.” How did this kid even get into college in the first place?
But there aren’t just “racial barriers” that prevent non-white people from stepping outside, McCann said, but also financial barriers. Only people with “economic privilege” can participate in outdoors activities and understand “obscure outdoor lingo.”
Nature is free. You can walk outside any day any time. There is always a nice outdoors spot to explore somewhere near your home. Economic privilege is the most absurd thing to claim when talking about someone simply stepping outside. And what even is “obscure outdoor lingo” anyway?
According to McCann, solutions to the problem include:
-Affirming that nature belongs to all humans, not just white ones
-The “image” of the outdoor enthusiast should not “belong” to just white people
-White people should “exert caution as to not dominate ownership” of the word “outdoorsy”
-Outdoor clubs on college campuses should work to increase accessibility and help people learn the skills they will need
Now the outdoors is racist. What could possibly be next? Liberals keep getting whackier ideas every day.