Baratunde Thurston: How to be Black and Outdoorsy


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By Noah A. McGee, The Root

Thurston discussed his new TV show on PBS ‘America Outdoors’ with Baratunde Thurston.

Thurston giving a presentation (Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Here’s a question for Black people. Do you enjoy mingling with the outdoors?

There seems to be this stigma that we do not like interacting with the outdoors, and by that I mean nature: the forest, fields, oceans, mountains, etc. And maybe for good reason, that’s where bad things happen to us— Outside.

I know plenty of Black people who hate being outside and doing anything that gets their hands dirty, but I also know just as many who love the Great outdoors. For example, Full Circle, a team of all-Black climbers, became the first team of Black climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Baratunde Thurston, a comedian, writer, former Daily Show producer and activist came to The Root office in New York City to talk about his new TV show America Outdoors With Baratunde Thurston, which is set to premiere on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

When asked, “How does one be Black and outdoorsy?” his answer was genius.

Head over to the original article to see Thurston’s answer.

Spending time outside may remind some Black people of America’s history of slavery.

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