There are 300 beads total representing the population that answered questions regarding race on the 2011 National Park visitor surveys. Each color of bead represents a racial group that visited the National Parks, described below.
White visitors – 95% of the total, 285 peony pink beads
Asian visitors – 2% of the total, 6 white beads
Native American visitors – 2% of the total, 6 marigold beads
Black visitors – 1% of the total, 3 blue beads
Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders – <1% so aren’t represented on the earrings
These statistics clearly point out that exclusivity and lack of diversity in the outdoors are very much real. There is work to be done in first understanding how we got here and then making changes towards inclusivity and accessibility. Some great resources I have found helpful in my learning come from Resources Mag and Melanin Base Camp so I hope they’re also useful to you.
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