An unexpected side effect of a global quarantine and this national reckoning on race has been the amplification of Black voices in spaces where we previously were not heard. With social media-focused campaigns like “Black Birders Week” and “Black Hikers Week” taking off, Black voices in the outdoor recreation space have been seen and heard like never before.
Unfortunately, even in this modern day society, there are those who fundamentally feel a sense of entitlement, ownership, and control over who the great outdoors belongs to. Nature is a right and no one has the authority to decide that any one particular group doesn’t deserve access to publicly accessible locations or doesn’t belong there. Yet it happens way more often than we would like think it does. As a Black female camper, there are unique considerations and precautions that have to be taken to ensure safety.