Birdwatching is too White, Something Must Be Done

090516-F-0847C-001Typical bird watchers. Tsk tsk.

No it’s not a joke. It’s National Geographic.

Remember when I wrote about people who go to national parks being too white? The New York Times was upset about it.

And The Atlantic was upset that too many veterinarians are white.

Now you can add NatGeo to the list of Disingenuous White Progressive publications that are upset about the lack of diversity (black people) in the bird watching community. How could this have happened?

birding2Fake promotional picture of what birders should look like – but don’t! From the National Park Service, natch.

According to the story:

“Minorities have always seemed to be underrepresented in U.S. environmental groups. Now there’s new data to support that old anecdotal observation.

“According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in 2011, 93 percent of American birders were white, 5 percent were Hispanic (which includes both blacks and whites), 4 percent were black, 1 percent were Asian American, and 2 percent were “other.”

“Bird-watchers, of course, aren’t the only environmentalists of a feather who flock together, or whose passion for protecting the environment could benefit from building more minority support.

“Another study–released in August by the Green 2.0 Working Group, with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Argus Foundation, the Sierra Club, and Earth Justice–looked at 191 conservation and preservation organizations, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 environmental grant-making organizations in the U.S., totaling 3.2 million people.”

The story continues, asserting that only the involvement of people of color in bird watching can save birds from going extinct via global warming!

“…at a time when birds are facing unprecedented challenges to their existence from climate change and increased urbanization, developing more diversity among birders will broaden support for measures needed to protect birds–plus the nesting grounds, woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and other habitats in which they thrive, and in which birders delight–while also helping to create more citizen scientists, which would be a boon for everyone.”

Yes, they think the people of Ferguson would make good “citizen scientists” and bird watchers.

Oh there’s more:

“The meetings have covered a range of reasons why minorities may find it hard to embrace birding, including concerns about how onlookers might react to seeing a black or Hispanic man with binoculars wandering the woods–or a suburban neighborhood–at dusk, dawn, or night. (“Nocturnal birding is a no-no” is Lanham’s Rule 4.)

“Conference speakers have also cited lingering fears about racism in the U.S.–like whether it’s safe to go to areas where the Ku Klux Klan had been strong, or where militias still thrive–and, for some who grew up in cities or suburbs, a fear of the unfamiliar woods, full of critters.”

I knew it! Racism!! But I digress…

“Then there’s the question of how welcoming and inclusive bird-watching groups currently are. Writer, editor, and former American Birding Association board member Paul Baicich, whose father is named Giuseppe and whose family background is Italian, says lack of inclusiveness is nothing new.

“About 120 years ago, birding organizations were anti-immigrant,” he says. Today, “There is an ingrown quality to lots of the birding communities that they may not be aware of,” which may appear to newcomers as exclusivity. Birders should realize there is no such thing as an “overdeveloped welcome mat,” and take every opportunity to invite outsiders in.”

So white bird watchers have to put aside time in their day to find diversity.  And if they don’t – well – racism!

Does anyone ever write long articles about the lack of diversity in hip hop? It seems to me that anytime a white person tries hip hop it is called cultural appropriation and it is nearly a hate crime.

Does anyone ever write long articles about the lack of diversity in the lowrider community?  No. I didn’t think so.

You see, when people of color like to do something it is not a problem if whites are not involved. Indeed, if whites become involved it is cultural appropriation, which, as I said, is sort of a hate crime.

However, if whites enjoy something, are just organically drawn to it, well, its because Racism!

Remember that, as you consider what liberty means. And your loss of it.  Because freedom of association will always be suspect when practiced by whites.

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2 Responses to Birdwatching is too White, Something Must Be Done

  1. Mialexa says:

    I chuckled all the way through the original article. I used to be very involved with the grandson of my neighbors. He is African-American, being raised by his white lesbian, wiccan grandmothers. We live on the coast. When he and I used to take walks along the shoreline, I would point out peliicans diving for fish and name the species of ducks.The young man had zero, zero, zero interest in nature and would be looking at cars in the parking lot at the marina, making dibs on all the high end ones, talking about carjacking people for their kewl rides.

  2. Joan says:

    Noticeably absent from NG’s scholarly effort is any sort of poll or study done of how many blacks want to take up bird-watching.

    I’m gonna go out on a limb here 😉 and suggest that such a poll would yield a result of 0, +/- 0 margin of error.

    I’m gonna go out on another limb here and throw out a guess that none of Mialexa’s pelicans or ducks were shiny.

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