Top Three Myths About Black People Outdoors

black hiker enjoying the view
Briona Lamback
January 19, 2023

These three LIES keep getting told about our people and the great outdoors.

Lie #1: White People Activities 

There’s no such thing as activities reserved for white people. Back in the day, Jim Crow laws kept us out of public recreation spaces, and National Parks were intentionally operated to keep us out.

Lie #2: It’s Dangerous 

This isn’t entirely a myth, as the outdoors can be dangerous for solo explorers. Still there’s strength in numbers, and many wellness groups like Outdoor Afro and Black People Who Hike exist just for us.

Lie #3: It’s Too Late

Age doesn’t matter when it comes to enjoying nature. There are plenty of exercises, from hiking to kayaking, to enjoy at any stage of life. Don’t know where to start? Start with daily walks around your block or at a local park. 

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Regardless of the past, the outdoors is ours, too. There’s nothing we can’t do nor any place we can’t explore. Just remember to be safe.

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