Enjoyed my hike until I realized trees can be racist.

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I’m⁣ an enthusiastic outdoorsman‌ and avid environmentalist.​ But even more‌ so, I’m a ⁤die-hard social justice warrior. So it was with great interest that I clicked ‌on a ‍ link to NBC News last week about “Black outdoorsy ‍groups reclaiming ⁢the joys‌ of nature.”

First,⁤ I want to make sure to check my privilege at the outset of this article. White people ⁤are not allowed to write​ about racism ‌unless they first ⁣acknowledge their own ⁣status of inferiority under the modern hierarchal complex of social justice.

“Black people‍ across the country are reclaiming the outdoors by forming⁣ their own communities ‌of nature enthusiasts,” NBC News reported. Several segregated organizations have now ⁣formed, providing “safe spaces for Black people⁢ to enjoy outdoor activities ​and dispel myths that ⁢the outdoors doesn’t belong to ​us.”

It’s no coincidence that Yellowstone,⁤ the first⁣ national ‌park in the U.S., ‍was established⁤ shortly‍ after the ​Civil War. ⁤As industrialization and westward expansion continued, white elites supported the proliferation of national parks in⁤ response to urban expansion.

To be honest, I had forgotten ​that‍ trees⁤ were racist. I ⁢had become ‌so distracted by the‌ evergreen⁤ beauty of Colorado’s forests that‌ I stopped questioning how I ‌could be victimized by their presence, even if I’m not ⁣black. Two years ago, a Portland‌ high school reminded me of ‌trees’⁢ racist history when officials rejected the evergreen‍ mascot over the fact that trees were associated‍ with lynching.

I recently went on a‌ hike to⁢ soak in the sights and scenery of summer in northern Colorado. My Prius barely made ​it to the trailhead, though I question whether there should even‍ be roads there⁣ in the first place. Through some evergreens, I saw a rainbow. The streak had every color visible but one, of course: black.

The rainbow was a good⁤ reminder of‌ natural racism. Even Colorado’s snow-capped peaks ​are‌ white.

If you listen closely, ‍however, nature will often tell you something, either ⁤about yourself or the world around you. While observing the rainbow through the evergreen trees, I leaned in to hear their message reverberating ‌through their ancient roots. Up came⁤ four words carried by the gentle breeze that will haunt me forever.

They whispered,​ “This is MAGA country.”

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The‍ Federalist and ⁤the author ⁤of Social Justice Redux, a⁤ conservative newsletter on⁣ culture, health, and ‌wellness. He has also written for The Washington ⁣Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News.‌ Tristan⁣ graduated from George‌ Washington University where he ⁣majored in⁣ political science⁢ and minored in journalism.‍ Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]. Sign ⁢up⁢ for ⁣Tristan’s ⁤email ‌newsletter here.


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