Date: 6/18/18 1:36 pm From: David Gulick <dvdgu741...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Not often on birder's radars: white privilege
Excellent video. Thought provoking. In a related vein, when I started birding 60 years ago, birding was only done by “dweebs” and “dorks”, neither of which I aspired to be as an intelligent and athletic kid. I hid my binoculars under my arm for decades and only took them out if I needed to see something and sometimes I even skipped looking at a bird because of other people around me. I used to bird with a close friend and when we had scopes set up at Newburyport harbor scanning the ducks and geese and shorebirds, it was totally common for a carload of townies to drive by and start yelling at us. It was a real drag. That said, thanks to the video, I see that my “problem” pales in comparison with birding while black. Thank you for the eye-opening video.
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> On Jun 18, 2018, at 3:58 PM, Craig Kesselheim <ckesselheim...> wrote:
> Birding friends - I am sharing this in the spirit of an informational and non-political perspective on our shared passion; I hope that's OK within the listserv community. I don't need replies unless you wish to, and I'm happy to receive those off-list. From where I sit it seems like the community of birders in the world is not yet representative of who lives in our towns and our region.
> This is a 2-minute video called "Birding While Black." It showed me yet another way that I don't have to be reminded of my race: when I step out of the house wearing a hoodie and carrying binoculars. For me it was important food for thought and action.
> Craig K
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