Do you ever read about racism in the outdoors and think, ‘well, that can’t be right, nature is definitely color blind’? Or maybe you’ve listened to someone recount their experience of discrimination, while waiting impatiently for a chance to interject and explain how they were wrong, and that didn’t actually happen. If that describes you then you should probably read no further. For everyone else, check out our official Guide to Outdoor Allyship.Read More
So how do you know if your outdoor friends are good allies? And what do you do if they’re not? Here are seven reasons why they may be taxing the hell out of your emotional health.Read More
Conservation starts with falling in love with America’s public lands. And there are far less racist techniques to manage public land than trying to play keep-away from urban hikers on social media. So here are five reasons why you should keep geotagging.Read More
The ensuing news coverage declared her the breakthrough performance of the world tour. There’s a photo of Dominique: quads tensed, long brown curls flying loose behind her. Goddess like. She ended 2018 as the 5th ranked woman in the world.Read More
Someone very boldly asked me “What is your story? What got you outdoors?” Having been asked that question before, I automatically launched into the short synopsis of my brief outdoor career… I continued on with this neatly packaged story of how I fell in love with the Outdoors in my mid twenties. For so long I absolutely believed this narrative to be true, but looking back I now realize that...I lied.Read More
I cannot remember an exact moment in my life where I was taught to be afraid of white men and to keep my distance from them while playing outside or walking home from the school bus stop […] I didn't know the exact root of the fear, but it felt familiar, finely honed, and legitimate.Read More
So what makes an outdoor friend? An outdoor friend is a fellow hiker or maybe the person cheering me on as I struggle with a challenging bouldering problem…But there’s an unspoken list of things we don’t talk about. After all, the social issues that weigh on me and affect my community are the very things they come to the outdoors to ignore.
I write because I know I'm not the only one feeling the way that I do. I write because “I’m not Black enough.” I write because I love the outdoors. I write because our voices deserve to be heard.
I can not even tell you how many times I have heard the statement, “stereotypes are based on some sort of truth.” As much as I’d hate to say it, I somewhat agree with this statementRead More
“We are not asking for it and women shouldn’t be expected to smile and silently put up with this harassment so we can be part of the skydiving community.”Read More
Black people don't camp, hike, cliff jump, they don't skydive, kayak, nor do they climb!Read More
Team Blackstar gave me the freedom to stop pretending I don't notice when I'm the only person of color at my drop-zone. Yes we see color. And we realize the lack of diversity isn't a neutral thing.Read More