Black burners are not an abstract concept for Harvey: “My family is half black,” he said. “I see black people! And they’re here. Though I got a lot of criticism for once saying, ‘Well I don’t think black people like to camp’.” Harvey’s comment drew nervous laughter from other Burning Man staff and members of international media at a press conference before the Guardian’s interview.In 1993, the GSS asked respondents if they had been "camping, hiking, or canoeing" in the last year. Until 2000, the survey only included three broad racial categories. The percentages who responded in the affirmative, by race (n = 1,593):
“At a certain point, [a diversity consultant] made a speech which was pro forma, which I didn’t know was the speech she always made, about the racial question. I said ‘Well, I don’t think black folks like to camp as much as white folks!’ And she said ‘You son of a bitch!’”
Whites were over four times more likely than blacks were to report having gone camping, hiking, or canoeing. Larry Harvey's statement "I don't think black folks like to camp as much as white folks"--the one that drew cursing from a 'diversity consultant'--is very obviously true. That we see no effort at investigating the veracity of the assertion in an article over 1,000 words long, in which the express purpose is reporting the utterance of said assertion, speaks volumes about the state of contemporary 'professional' journalism in the West. In short, it's a joke.
Cultural Marxists such as this diversity consultant creature are the antitheses of knowledge and truth.
GSS variables used: CAMPING(1-2), RACE