I politely introduced myself (I was a friendly kid) and asked them directions to make sure we were on the right path back. They didn't respond. They just looked at us in a way that made me nervous. I grabbed my brother and we walked away. As we did, I heard the man start to complain to the woman about our presence "ruining his good time," saying, "I thought those people didn't like the woods anyway?" She laughed. And this was in Canada, the country voted by all of pop culture to be the Friendliest Place in the World.
I actually don't like hiking or camping, but that has nothing to do with race -- just my aversion to exercise in general. It's common sense that when feeling one with nature and its elements, your skin color really is irrelevant. Or it should be, at least, but white people make up 78 percent of those who go to national parks, and some of them don't want that number to go any lower.
A Japanese American woman named Jenna Yokoyama learned that the hard way when she tried to prepare for a backpacking trip by creating a Facebook group and asking how safe it would be for people of color to walk down those trails. The racists must have been sitting by the computer waiting for this shit. Seriously, do they just not have jobs? Go find something to do. A hobby, or a weekly visit to Best Buy. Something. Because, as the article about her explains:
"Almost immediately the posts generated dozens of comments, many supportive but others accused her of everything from promoting separate trails for white people and non-white people, seeking to form exclusive cliques and even warning her to stay off the trail because she wasn't worthy of search and rescue help should she get in trouble."
Thanks, humanity! And there are other Facebook minority hiking groups that stay restricted and are very picky about who gets to join, just because of online harassment issues. And nope, I'm not going to link to them. That would be like saying, "Here's a group of people who don't like getting punched in the face ... and here's a boxing glove and their home addresses." I guess something about all that fresh air just brings out some people's inner bigot.