[Cdt-l] CDT Integration

Mike Cunningham hikermiker at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 6 11:06:36 CST 2013

This brings up an interesting point. Where the trails are located has a lot to do with who uses them. I live in Western Connecticut near NY state. I am located less than 1/2 hour from parts of the AT in both NY & CT. I also venture into areas of NY reachable by train by people from NY City.
This applies to day hiking, not backpacking. I almost never see people of color backpacking. There are many Hispanic people who camp out in state campgrounds, some of them venture onto the trails. I frequently see people of Black, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese heritage dayhiking. I also hear people speaking foreign languages.
Urban trails or trail accessible by urban people will get them out there. Obviously this will not help the CDT.

 From: Mike Beaty <mike_beaty at q.com>
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] CDT Integration

To put the question in the 
larger social context posed byJon, 
Jim, and other thoughtful contributors to this thread, please consider the 
following data points from the Center for 
American Progress: 
1. While people of color 
make up about 30 per cent of the United States’ 
population, they account for 60 
percentof those imprisoned. The prison 
population grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is outpacing crime 
and population rates. The incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are 
incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men. 
2. According to the Bureau 
of Justice Statistics, one in three 
black mencan expect to go to prison in their 
lifetime. Individuals of color have a disproportionate number of encounters with 
law enforcement, indicating that racial profiling continues to be a problem. A 
report by the Department of Justice found that blacks and Hispanics were 
approximately three times more 
likely to be searchedduring a traffic stop than 
white motorists. African Americans were twice as likely to be arrested and 
almost four times as likelyto experience the use of force during encounters with the 
Point being, how can a body 
find the freedom (let alone the desire) to hike while locked down by the 
man?  And then also consider the demographics and histories of 
the rural areas where our long distance trails are located. 
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