Yosemite National Park

Busting stereotypes: Blacks do hike

Busting stereotypes: Blacks do hike

How many of you have heard the stereotype that black people don’t hike? I know I have. It’s a stereotype I’m reminded of when I share with others that not only do I love hiking, but I also have a degree in environmental science. Despite the fun that I have, occupying space in this career field as a young black woman, at times, is alienating. Minorities only represent 16 percent of the environmental science workforce. This lack of diversity perpetuates the stereotype that black Americans don’t have a place outdoors and further obscures the rich history of how black Americans have...

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