August 20, 2009, - 4:51 pm
As readers know, on Monday, I remarked on the absurdity of an ABC News story that ran on “World News Tonight,” in which Yosemite’s only Black ranger, Shelton Johnson, claimed that Blacks are afraid to go to America’s national parks because the soil reminds them of slavery. (Watch the video.)
Now, ABC News’ “20/20” anchor and reporter John Stossel cites me on the absurdity of that ABC News story and the comments about the soil:
ABC News’ John Stossel Cites DebbieSchlussel.com
Blogger Debbie Schlussel thinks the idea that blacks don’t visit national parks because of racism is ridiculous:
This has to be the most absurd claim of racism and intimidation of Blacks I’ve heard yet–that America’s national parks are racist and that Blacks don’t visit because the dirt and the soil remind them of slavery. Hilarious. Blacks have been farmers in America for centuries. But now, soil and dirt at parks reminds them of slavery?
Why must racism be the first thing to which some people assign blame for every problem, real or imagined?
Thanks, John. And Amen.
Tags: 20/20, ABC News, Blacks, John Stossel, National Parks, Racism, Shelton Johnson, World News Tonight, Yosemite