Recalling the Buffalo Soldiers, Black Heritage in the Woods

Local columnist Desiree Cooper talks African American stereotypes when it comes to wilderness and the historic Buffalo Soldiers

When’s the last time you visited a national park?

If you’re African-American, the answer is likely to be “never.” According to the National Park Service, only 28 percent of visitors each year are people of color. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says that 96 percent of all hunters, 93 percent of wildlife watchers and 92 percent of anglers were White in 2006. And the Outdoor Foundation contends that 70 percent of outdoor recreationists are White, across all age groups.

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