Outdoor World

‘Bad things happen in the woods’: the anxiety of hiking while black

Three African American hikers describe the fears and stereotypes they have faced and why they love hitting the trails Aaron Jones, 32, Chicago A few years ago, a white friend suggested we go on a hike. All the anxieties I had about being in nature hit me in the face. It’s a very real anxiety for black people, especially those from urban communities, that bad things happen to black people in the woods, like lynching. It’s something that you ensure again and again when you look at the history of…

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Negro Bill canyon: Utah says name of hiking spot should stay

Committee tells epithet should be kept owing to lack of consensus on whether it is offensive in latest twist in long-running debate A panel of experts in Utah has recommended retaining the name of a popular hiking place called Negro Bill canyon after receiving conflicting rulings about whether it is offensive. The Utah committee on geographic epithets said on Friday that a lack of consensus from minority groups led to its 8-2 vote on Thursday about a canyon in the eastern metropoli of Moab, the gateway to stunning massive red…

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Rodney King riots 25 years later: a view from the corner where it all began

On 29 April 1992 riotings explosion after four LAPD police were exonerated in the beast lash of Rodney King. As the anniversary towers what did it all represent? Lee Hudson leaned against the bus stop, waiting for the 111, and surveyed the intersection: some busters lounging outside Toms liquor mart; a few vehicles fuelling at the Chevron gas station; the start of a lunch queue at Arts Chili Dog Stand; commerce criss-crossing Florence and Normandie avenues. Not much to look at. But a part century ago this was it. The…

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