Rantz: Seattle Parks staged racist event deliberately excluding whites
Seattle Parks and Recreation promotes and co-hosts an event at Discovery Park open to everyone except white people. Once again, the city embraces a segregationist culture in the name of inclusion.
Discovery Park’s “Interactive Beach Walk” coincides with Seattle Forrest Week. The event was in partnership with Sea Potential, an environmental non-profit organization that seeks to connect young people of color to the sea through “healing activities and conversations about ocean justice”.
Although the city of Seattle prohibits discrimination, this event was “open only to anyone who identifies as BIPOC.” This is not the first time that Seattle Parks has organized discriminatory events.
Beach walk for everyone – except whites
The event, which took place last Sunday, aimed to connect the community with nature. Discovery Park is one of the few parks in the area that is not overrun with homeless people, which makes it perfect for an event like this. But the invitation makes it clear who is and is not invited.
“We invite you to explore what you can learn about yourself and the community, as we strengthen our sense of belonging and appreciate nature in a way that is culturally relevant to our experiences as Black, Indigenous and People of Color. This event is open to anyone who identifies as BIPOC ”, indicates the description of the event.
Seattle’s municipal code (12/18/280) prohibits race exclusion events in Seattle parks. The city’s non-discrimination policy “also ensures that every effort will be made to ensure non-discrimination in all of its program activities, whether these programs and activities are funded by the federal government or not.”
Seattle Parks did not guarantee the event would be non-discriminatory – intentionally. This is yet another example of the city’s obsession with race.
Excuse racism while pretending the outdoors is white space
Seattle Parks did not respond to a Sunday email requesting comment.
I suspect they’ll say it’s not alone for racial minorities; it does not really exclude whites. After all, the description of the event does not explicitly say that white people cannot attend. This would, of course, be a fallacious argument.
By saying that the event is “open to anyone who identifies as BIPOC”, it is inferred that if you do not “identify” as a person of color, you will not be able to attend.
Its intention is exclusion.
Under the pretext that this beach walk will be “culturally appropriate”, it aims to exclude whites. Racial radicals claim that these spaces are “centered” around whites. Sierra Club’s Lornett Vestal called the exterior unbearably white. Activist Glenn Nelson argued that “the outdoors remains a largely white domain” and said it is “up to white America to invite communities of color, to enlist us as allies”.
Does this Seattle Parks event expose its staff’s White Savior Complex?
Seattle Parks has a bigoted history
In the past, the department has turned a blind eye to racist events in its parks.
In June 2021, LGBTQ organizers hosted “Taking B (l) ack Pride” at Jimi Hendrix Park. They said they would charge a “repair fee” for whites to attend. This is illegal behavior in a park owned by Seattle. But Seattle Parks didn’t want to get involved.
The department said it was not issuing permits for the park due to an on-site construction project. But even after learning of the unauthorized event, a spokesperson said the department would not investigate the blatantly discriminatory event.
Seattle weather celebrates racism
By for the course, the Seattle Times embraced the exclusionary events of the race with a feature article. They did not call or question the events based on the race. Instead, they call the beach walk a “spirit of inclusion”.
Lisa Ciecko is a plant ecologist with the Green Seattle Partnership. The group is behind the organization and promotion of Forrest Week events.
Ciecko notes the exclusionary strategy of the city’s plans, telling the Seattle Times that many events are intended to “prioritize BIPOC participation.” The article was more of a press release than a report.
No, we don’t need to separate appreciation from nature
The outdoors is not a “white space” no matter what racing scammers tell you.
Everyone can enjoy nature. Seeing more white people in Seattle parks or on hikes is more a reflection of the demographics of the population than anything else. This is not the result of a concerted effort to prevent anyone from hiking or enjoying an afternoon at the park.
Progressives now reject what was once a common goal: to bring people together regardless of race. Instead of uniting people regardless of race, progressives now want to make everyone talk about race, judging you as an oppressor or an underdog based on your skin color. They have taken a position to see everything through the lens of race – this is critical race theory in action. This worldview harms society, it does not improve it.
If you are offended that too many white people are enjoying nature, then you are the racist.
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