August 20, 2009, - 4:51 pm

Thanks, John Stossel, For Citing Me on “Racism” in Natl Parks

By Debbie Schlussel

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

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.

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20 Responses

Thanks and Amen to both of you…this is a new one on me, first I’ve heard of it.

When is this BS ever going to end?

I am sick and tired of it…in fact, an anger is starting out in this country with this constant imagined/agenda-driven racist crap…people have about had it.

Diamond Girl on August 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm


You’re in good company with John Stossel! I enjoy his commentaries.

goldenmike4393 on August 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Bravo for Stossel to paying attention to one of America’s brightest and most fearless, Debbie Schlussel.

An exammple of “great minds think alike.” I hope you will talk to Stossel some more as he seems to have good common sense on most issues. I loved his piece he did once on bottled water (vs. tap water, etc)—he seemed to have it together. He pushes the limits in a great way, though highly mussled by the MSM. I don’t think he is boholden to them.

The depth of this issue goes to the point that we will hold the “responsible” feds accountable for the way they make it national policy to sell out our security based on their alien butt kissing and islamo pandering. I’m glad Stossel is saying he’s had it with the phony “racism” card too.

–I don’t worry if I am misunderstood or not anymore. If you are white or black or whatever, if you are the problem, I’m not shutting up or letting you play the, “he’s racist” card to muzzle me–nope. Most of us are immune to it (too many examples to cite, some really good ones were from Kwame (don’t mess with my mammy)Pimp Daddy Killpatrick and Monica CON-YOURS.

BB on August 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm

“Schlussel and Stossel” has great ring to it–notice who is first.

BB on August 20, 2009 at 5:18 pm

So soil is supposed to be racist because it’s a reminder of slavery? Then why does FUBU make 100% cotton shirts? I don’t get it.

Candy Slice on August 20, 2009 at 6:30 pm

The idea that the mountains, waterfall and forest of Yosemite, the arid cliffs and fast running water of the Grand canyon, the various environment in Yellowstone has anything to due with Slavery. Of course Gettysburg has something to due with freeing slaves.

madman on August 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

The idea that the; mountains, waterfall and forest of Yosemite, the arid cliffs and fast running water of the Grand canyon, the various environment in Yellowstone, has anything to due with slavery, is a joke. Of course Gettysburg has something to due with freeing slaves.
Item 6 is missing a phrase

madman on August 20, 2009 at 7:54 pm

John Stossel is my favorite TV journalist…NOW I KNOW WHY! If he was teaching a course in journalism…SIGN ME UP!

Bob Porrazzo on August 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm

Most national parks are concentrated in areas where slavery never flourished (the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, New England). How can African Americans have post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by–sulfur springs and stalagmites?

Scott Spiegel on August 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Nevermind slavery, Debbie. I’m not going to any national parks until they air condition the outdoors and serve deli. I would still like to see Mt. Rushmore if they add Reagan to it, though. Normally, I would add some pathetic BTW personal comment here, but this is the new, improved A1 so I won’t.

A1 on August 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

You Rock Debbie!! So glad someone else in the media has the brain cells…err balls, BRASS, rocks, cajones, nads to understand you. I don’t think anyone out there can match your intelligence. Your independence from the Conservative Intelligentsia speaks for itself. That is why you are my FAVE!! You don’t have the sacred cows like them. Coulter, Malkin, Crowley, Vanity, O’Reily and the rest toe the line. Beck is a NUT, NUT, NUT. I cant see him going against your intelligence. Your accomplishments are WORTHY. A law degree and MBA. You didn’t get free passes like Meghan McCain and Obama. Did Beck even graduate high school? OMG?!!

Stossell is awesome. I will personally email him. I always liked him and am glad he knows great intelligence when he sees it. The question should be like the movie “A Few Good Men”, “Can You Handle the Truth?”…err “Can you handle Debbie Schlussel?” Obviously Malkin, Coulter, Vanity, Beck, Crowley, O’Reily cant. I like Coulter, Malkin, Crowley and O’Reily but they need to get the record straight with Debbie. I hope they step up. Only because Debbie puts more of her personal self and her career more than anyone out there. She won’t budge her views to sell a book. Oh yeah, REMEMBER, they all have books to sell. They should understand that Debbie is willing to put it all out there. She should be honored and admired and not be left alone.

CaliforniaScreaming on August 21, 2009 at 2:14 am

Blacks don’t visit National Parks because there isn’t a government program to get them there and back.

Chukk on August 21, 2009 at 5:30 am

Do black people also avoid going to visit the Black Forest in Germany because the name is racist? Do they also avoid the Black Forest Regional Park in Colorado because that name is also racist?

Jarhead on August 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

Blacks do not like physic because of black body radiation. Debbie how about something on Scotland the brave and the stupidity of treating terrorism like a domestic crime?

madman on August 21, 2009 at 10:48 am

Why aren’t Farrakhan, Jackson, Sharpton and Rev. Wrong speaking out on this important race issue?

And why don’t we see these black leaders calling the black forest ranger an “Uncle Tom” and a race traitor because he is toiling away on this black soil under whip of the evil white man?

Jarhead on August 21, 2009 at 11:10 am

Several years ago Iowa’s great newspaper did an interview with a Black girl suffering while attending Iowa State U. The curriculum was too White, the campus building layout did not fit with her urban home neighborhood, the farms around the area made her think of plantations, and the trees on campus made her think of lynchings. I have no idea if she graduated, but nothing seemed to make her feel comfortable.

Cantho70 on August 22, 2009 at 2:16 am

Good work, Debbie. Stossel is the best at ABC, probably the
best to work at MSM outfits. Sometimes the absurdity of some
of situations blow the mind. The other day our Prez said that
the Cash for Clunkers program was a “victim of it’s own success.” This government couldn’t change a flat tire right.

Daniel on August 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Good work Debbie I also laughed at that abc garbage interview

Jimmy J on August 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm

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