"Blacks don't care about nature"

Today I visited the Ifaty reserve to see the Baobab trees, lemurs and whatever else local nature has to offer.  My mostly African guide, Freddy, really knew his stuff.  His expertise at finding wildlife, coaxing them out for the camera and local flora is amazing.  He thought I was joking when I told him that, in America, the sun is in the South.  I asked him about tourists and how frequently he conducts tours.  He told me that it varies depending on the season.  Certain times of the year bring a lot of French and other times bring South Africans.  I asked him if the South Africans are mainly white or black.  He replied that only white South Africans come to see the park.  When I asked why he thought this was so, he replied that only whites care about the birds, the animals and the trees.  Blacks don’t care about these things.”  My impression was that he, of course, was an exception; he makes his living from the forest and I would like to think that he feels a connection to it other than simply as a source of income.  Either way, he got a nice tip from me.  Thanks to him, I got some really nice photos of a wild lemur and other critters (he climbed the tree to coax it out for my camera)!  The connection here is too slow to upload them.  You’ll have to wait until after my return.

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16 Responses to "Blacks don't care about nature"

  1. Gerry says:

    Thats a very interseting observation.
    Come to think of it, are there any cultures in sub-Saharan African which refelect the same fascination and reverence with nature as is evidently the case in European, North American and Asian cultures.
    Notably other “things black people don’t like” are art galleries and museums.

  2. Ryan says:

    Jewamongyou, I have seen pictures of the upside down trees in Madigascar. Of course I don’t recall the real name for them, but it should probably only take a few seconds to do so with Google.
    I am not sure if they are only in a very specific region on the large island, or if they are commonly found all over the place, but I found them facinating, since they almost appear alien to our world in my opinion.
    If you should get the chance to snatch some photos of them I would love to see them.

  3. Ryan says:

    It’s called Adansonia, or Baobab tree.
    Madigascar seems to have the majority of them. There is a forest called the Anjajavy Forest where there are many of them.

  4. FrankBD says:

    Minorities are notably absent from most “limousine” liberal causes, like environmentalism, secularism, gay activism (beyond basic civil rights) and the more strident forms of feminism. I actually came to AmRen because I thought race unrealism is what ruined liberalism, which was a successful political philosophy with many notable accomplishments from about 1932-64.
    AmRen did once lead of their newsletter with a column “Don’t Write Off the Liberals” a decade ago. The second link below is a recent vid of Charles Murray concluding that the problem with white liberals is that the don’t preach what they practice (stay in school, participate in community-building activities, don’t become a single parent).

  5. jewamongyou says:

    I started in Sidney and took the train to Adelaide and then up to Darwin. We stopped at Alice Springs for a bit on the way. Sidney was absolutely beautiful and the Ghan journey was interesting – but I was sore all over after that. Near Darwin, I did a rain forest hike and got bitten by a leach. I visited the jumping crocs. Very nice! The aboriginals were in a sorry state; alcohol has taken a great toll on them. This was a few years ago. After that, my next stop was Brunei, where I saw the Probuscus monkeys and other critters.
    (looking back, I don’t know why this comment is on this post. It should be on one of my posts about Australia. But I’ll leave it here anyway.)

  6. Davey says:

    The Bushmen have a reverence for nature. And the Pygmies, I guess. Among the Bantus, it depends on how urbanised they are. If they are living in towns and cities, then they tend to dislike nature because it is what they are escaping from.

  7. foxsnoozedotcom says:

    American blacks almost universally have an aversion to nature-related activities.
    You seldom see blacks in state and national parks. They seldom go hunting, fishing, camping or hiking.
    The last time I was Gatlinburg, TN I saw very few blacks in town and none in the park.
    I don’t view this as a negative; just another genetic marker that makes us different.

  8. Gay State Girl says:

    I don’t think Asians are particularly concerned with the Environment. They consume more cigarettes per capita than Africans.

    • jewamongyou says:

      Indeed, the Chinese probably present the greatest threat to endangered species – with their crazy beliefs that bear gall bladders and rhino horns are aphrodiziacs. But I think that Asians are quick to abandon such beliefs when they leave their homelands. As for smoking, I noticed this too.

      • Gay State Girl says:

        Asians smoke like chimneys. My TA was Japanese, and smoked inside the building. He said this is fine, we do it in Japan all the time. If Japan hadn’t had the Tsunami, I’m sure a cigarette butt would have set off the nuclear reactor.

  9. Bonjour JAY :
    Please publish some photos of your visit to Madagascar.
    – Arturo

    • jewamongyou says:

      I read about it at half sigma. I agree with some of the commentators, that people like the Satmar are the only hope for Jews in the future; they’re the only ones having children.

      • Gay State Girl says:

        And keeping the yiddish language alive. But we should only give them goverment aid if they agree to teach their children English.

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