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Old 09-05-2016, 11:41 PM   #11
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I'm Korean-American and my wife is Japanese-American. We are usually the only minorities at the RV parks we visit. We've never felt uncomfortable nor has anyone ever made it an issue. Some of the nicest and most interesting folks we've met were at RV parks. We stress the "American" part of our identity, since that's how we have grown up.

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Old 09-06-2016, 05:29 AM   #12
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Why does everything have to be homogenous and diverse? I grew up in a melting pot called new jersey. Over the years i have had every people color and religion you can imagine in the areas around me. My obseevation over many decades is people tend to group together by what they feel comfortable with which is usually some attribute (religion, culture, yes race and not just white, personal likes, dislikes etc.) makes them and their families comfortable.. and please dont think im referring to rving as a white thing. not everything is about race. How many african american ice climbers are there? Ive climbed with a few...but i cant tell you not many hanging off the frozen waterfall. When i ask i was told we dont geneally like the cold. Not my words. Same with sailing, dog sledding, even backpacking and kayaking. I have a Baptist Church a couple blocks from my place. I will ask about the rv / camping thing next time i walk by. Skiing seems to be more mixed now. Anyway leave the diveristy out of it and enjoy life the way you want to...just respect others regardless of color.

Lets go camping and if anyone else wants to go....take the campsite next to me....just be good neoghbirs regardless of race or religion. Camping in the fall is awesome.

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Old 09-06-2016, 05:45 AM   #13
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Well said FJD - Very well said...
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:15 AM   #14
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fjd said it very well.
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Old 09-06-2016, 07:37 AM   #15
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This is an awesome thread so far, It could have gone way off the cliff, but it didn't, I attribute this to RV'ers being the type of people that we are. I personally have been going camping since I met my wife in 2002, we take many other trips to Disney as such, we own Disney Vacation Club, with that said, last year we decided to expand our camping because we love ALL the people that we meet out there, you all are great! Our truck was getting older and soon to be expected issues will arise, Our 2005 TT just started to show some wear, so we decided to buy a new MH and continue to do what we love to do, that is camp, meet fantastic folks, and see places in a way that most don't. We very easily could have just dropped camping and I could have bought that new Corvette, but it's the memories we make as a family, and the amazing folks we have met over the years of all races, religions colors etc.. that keeps us coming back.
Happy camping folks, hope to see you down the road!
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:45 AM   #16
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Rv commercials, as others have noted, are simply targeted to their most profitable demographic.

I find it odd that our nation appears to think diversity is all about skin color. IF you look at me, I'm a white guy. You'd never guess that I have a great-great grandparent who was a slave in the south before the civil war unless I told you so. My cousin married a Mexican-American man, my brother married an Indonesian woman, my daughter is being courted by a Chinese American man, and my son is dating a girl who is American by birth, but her father is an American who is ethnically half Ecuadorian and half Mexican.

With the exception of my sister-in-law, who continues with Indonesian citizenship, the common theme of all these "diverse" people is that they are Americans.

And if you were blindfolded and taken to a party where they all attended, you'd be hard pressed to find any of them particularly "diverse" except my sister-in-law who has a rather thick accent. The rest of the voices (and viewpoints), you would find to be quite mainstream American.

The whole point of this is that, as MLK said: I want my children to live in a world where they are judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

It saddens me to see the opposite being heralded as the hallmark of an open, accepting society.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:28 AM   #17
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You know what I really find diverse about camping is, we don't go camping enough, I need more diversity from the real world and camping, and we should be camping more.

We need to stop making everything a political statement and now trying to make camping a PC issue, come on now
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:55 PM   #18
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Like I said, it was more an observation than a political statement of any kind.

But those commercials are sort of self fulfilling prophesies...if you advertise a certain way to a certain crowd, then mostly the certain crowd will buy your product.
Then you see who is buying your product, and you keep advertising to that consumer...it is a circle...

Observation...not a political statement.
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:41 PM   #19
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Interesting that I observed almost the opposite on our longer outing this summer. Many more visible ethnicities camping, and by the accents and languages, many other Caucasian cultures. I always notice many East Europeans camping in our area, but camping or getting away is pretty popular in the former Soviet countries. Now most of them were still doing the "pure" camping thing. These new fangled RV were pretty much all for the WASPs...
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:44 PM   #20
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I'm black and we are used to being in the minority when out camping, truckin', boating or at the drag strip. My family has been camping since the 70's from vans to truck campers to Mh's. My grandparents took me as a kid now I'm on my second camper at 30yrs old.

Generally as a whole we (black folks) don't know much about recreation or 'toys'. It's because we as a people have had too many other things to worry about over the past 150 years, we generally been behind the 8 ball with everything since 1863 EXCEPT COOKIN!

It's really a foreign concept for most of us. My wife and I have giant families and out all of us only one other family has an RV or even know about Rving. My uncles and Grandfather started Rving over 40 years ago. As a kid we camped in a group of about 8 Rv's ALL BLACK FOLKS up and down the eastern shore, Carolinas and Disney. They were all blue collar hardworking uneducated guys like myself and they really left an impression on me. All of them are long gone to Glory. I am the only one left holding the torch right now.

My wife and I don't mind being in the minority. I have learned to accept it in the various activites I am involved in. We are respectful and expect others to be respectful as well. We are AMERICAN

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