Mickey Fearn, the National Park Service Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance, made headlines when he claimed that black people don’t visit national parks because they associate them with slaves being lynched by their masters.
That’s quite a leap ain’t it? I’d suggest black people don’t visit national parks because national parks are boring… Black people don’t like boring stuff.
A coalition of minority groups is demanding increased “inclusiveness” at national parks. High on their list is the claim that, “African-Americans have felt unwelcome and even fearful in federal parklands during our nation’s history because of the horrors of lynching.”
Lynching = trees. Rope is also problematic. And both are very scary to black people. This information might be useful to non-black people: if a black guy comes at you with a gun, make sure you’ve got a tree with you with which to scare him away. Always carry a little bonsai with you… For protection.
The origin of the bizarre racist lynching theory of national parks appears to be Carolyn Finney… diversity advisor to the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board.
Finney cites the work of Joy DeGruy Leary who invented a Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome that she claims black people suffer from.
One of the great breakthroughs of psychology was the realisation that you can ‘invent’ syndromes. If you want a syndrome to exist, perhaps you see some political gain accruing from it, go ahead an invent it.
Affected by PTSS, black people experience “fear and mistrust of forests and other green spaces.” According to Finney, the tree is a racist symbol to black people.
That a tree is a racist symbol is going to be a problem for trees. You know what we do with racist symbols don’t you? That’s right, we wipe ’em out. First they come for your statue of Stonewall Jackson, then your portrait of Andrew Jackson… Then they come for your trees. Bye-bye trees! Nice knowing you!
Oh, and if you’re thinking you’d rather have trees than black people then you, pal, are just about the most racist person ever. Hitler is better than you!
“Black people also wanted to go out in the woods and eat apples from the trees,” Finney explains. “But black people were lynched on the trees. The tree became a big symbol.” Black people are triggered by trees and suffer Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome flashbacks. You can’t expect them to go to on a hike.
Triggered! And flashbacks of previous lives? I personally have flashbacks to when I was a heretic in the 1260s in France. And I was burned to death. Now, every time I see fire I have flashbacks. Post Traumatic Heretic Syndrome is what it is… I’m hoping for 6 months off work, fully paid.
You can no more expect black people to go on a hike than you can expect me to go to a barbecue.
Note: On Post-Traumatic Slave Disorder, it turns out that it’s a bit like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder except it is transmitted from generation to generation, somehow. Don’t ask how… That’s racist. Don’t mention genetics. That’s super-racist:
The objective is to identify the magnitude of the slave trauma and suggest the persistence of a post-slavery traumatic stress syndrome, which still affects the African-American personality. It is not a call to vindicate the cause of the condition, but to challenge Black people to recognize the symptom of the condition and master it as we have mastered the original trauma…. It is to call attention to an array of attitudes, habits and behaviors which clearly follow a direct lineage to slavery.– Na’im Akhbar, Breaking the Chains of Mental Slavery
I mainly put this document here because one of the authors looks like Titus Andromeda from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.