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Tuesday, January 04, 2022

The Mount Everest of racism is Mount Everest

The headline in the Washington Post was unintentionally hilarious, "First all-Black team of climbers heading to Everest. The highly qualified group is ready to change the narrative around big-mountain climbing."

Apparently, nine mountain climbers figured out how to get someone else to pay for their trip to the Himalayans to climb the highest mountain in the world by claiming colonialism and white supremacy have somehow kept black people off the mountain. Their all black and brown expedition has people donating money.

Good for them.

The press is eating this story like kids eat cotton candy because it allows virtue signaling. The Daily Mail reported, "10,155 people have reached the towering mountain's summit and only 8 of those people have been black."

Manoah Ainuu, one of the athletes, said that "the main reason this is important: Historically, black and brown people haven't been in these areas and environments, especially not on the highest point of the world." 

Really?

That must be news to the Sherpa who serve as guides up the mountaintop.

Journalists are acting as if someone banned black people from scaling the mountain and consigned them to climb Britton Hill, elevation 345 feet above sea level, the highest point in Florida.

Or maybe the black Mount Everest is Negro Mountain in Maryland, elevation 3,213 feet.

Sir Edmund Hillary led the first expedition to the top of the mountain in 1953, the year of my birth. He and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first people known to stand on the summit. 

Rosemary Saal, a team member, told the Washington Post, "There’s been an intentional lack of access for black people. When Hillary first summited [Everest], black people couldn’t even vote in this country."

Black people have voted in the United States since its founding, and the 15th Amendment made every state allow blacks to vote in 1870. I don't know which is worse, that a 28-year-old woman would not know this or that the entire staff at the Washington Post does not know this.

But what are facts when it comes to cries of racism?

I wish the 9 climbers the best of luck and I admire their pluck in raising funds. Climbing the tallest mountain in the world is a harrowing adventure and it will take a lot of training, skill, and forbearance to succeed.

Racism should be the least of their worries.

54 comments:

  1. I hope they watched the movie "Everest" before departing...that damn peak don't give a crap what color you is (sic) and will wipe ya out at the drop of a hat. In which case, of course, white folks will be blamed for their demise because we didn't "set them up for success" by providing luxurious accommodations along the way to ease their suffering...SMDH

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    1. Let's never forget that the 'Participation Trophy Winner' in the 2016 Presidential Election was pre-named for Sir Edmund Hillary.

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    2. If they fail I'm sure reparations will make things right

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    3. Democrats getting what they voted for...Good and hard.

      https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2021/12/31/humboldt-park-carjacking-woman-toddler-cook-county-judge/

      You can't even make this stuff up!

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  2. I was thinking of the sherpas, too. Are they not indigenous and people of colour? It's all virtue signally.

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  3. Yes. Blacks really ARE supermen, physically superior to whites in EVERY way. Which makes them superior to whites, PERIOD. Which means that right around now they would be discovering electricity if you follow that train of thought…๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช

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    1. And the wheel, which is something Sub-Saharan blacks never did...

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  4. Signalling. Typo. (Two ls in Canada.)

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  5. I never realized there was a "Whites Only" sign on the trails leading to the summit.

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    1. There's a "Negroes Only" trail to the top. It
      lacks amenities like clean restrooms and a McDonald's and Wendy's that is found on the "White's Only" trail

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    2. There was a Burger King on the black only trail, but it closed after the fourteenth rappel by shooting.

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    3. JeremyR!!!!

      You win the internet for today.

      "Rappel by shooting"
      Bwahahahahaha

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    4. Agree with Rock Knute--good one JeremyR!

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    5. Those signs are on the Chinese side.

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  6. I wish them the best. But it's not a trip for making a political statement. Bodies cannot be recovered from Everest. There's an area called Rainbow Valley because it's strewn with bodies in bright clothing. 'The Third Pole' is a recent book about Everest that I recommend.

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  7. Britton Hill. I stand corrected, as I thought it was Mt. Trashmore:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Trashmore_(Florida)

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  8. I'm thinking of taking that six and a half hour drive from Mulberry to Britton Hill. Actually, I had never heard of it before, but I'm going to go tackle it!!! I'm looking for some of you white folks out there for some donations. If I stay in Two Egg it shouldn't cost too much. I'm thinking $200-300 thousand should cover it.

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    1. Stop by Mt. Mitchell in NC, its the highest point east of the Missippii

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    2. Are you going to make your attempt with or without oxygen? I will be praying for you, but not paying for you.

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    3. Hahaha. I'll buy him a beer and a round of golf if he stops by Sarasota to celebrate

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    4. C'mon you cheap asses.. this is HISTORIC. A white man scaling Britton Hall, or whatever the name is. By God TO, I'm definitely doing a victory lap in Sarasota. I shoot in the high 80's, low 90's and we can wager on the beer!!! Schlongmaster, I'll be close to your house, get out the blow up mattress. I do sleep naked, so make sure you have a good foundation. I prefer cotton! At the 7-11 filling up as we speak!!! $3.15 a gallon.

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    5. This is so epic Dick, Hillary Rodham’s grandson will claim he was named after you.

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    6. Sorry. Chelsea Clinton, master conniver, has advance-predator copyrighted every possible variation of the names made infamous by her trailer-trash parents.

      One: You will pay whatever she demands.

      Two) You will sign an affidavit swearing that you will no longer point out the amazing physical similarity between herself and her alleged actual father, "Triple-Trouble" Hubbell:

      https://www.google.com/search?q=chelsea+clinton+and+actual+father+&hl=en&tbm=isch&sxsrf=AOaemvIXb-5YkntcNP6YvwOlJcMpe8h5mw%3A1641374184567&source=hp&biw=1024&bih=435&ei=6GHVYYnqHYqnptQP0u2KgAc&iflsig=ALs-wAMAAAAAYdVv-BkVoyxPbDjf8wzDn87MQFqGG52m&ved=0ahUKEwiJ_tapo5r1AhWKk4kEHdK2AnAQ4dUDCAY&uact=5&oq=chelsea+clinton+and+actual+father+&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzoHCCMQ7wMQJzoFCAAQgAQ6CAgAELEDEIMBOggIABCABBCxAzoLCAAQgAQQsQMQgwFQAFjTOmChPmgAcAB4AIABggGIAaAMkgEEMzMuMZgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1n&sclient=img

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  9. And along the way they encountered "white" snow!

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  10. 0% of white people have climbed Mt. Everest.

    Remember every dead body on Everest was once a highly motivated person.

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  11. I'm just glad that the author let us know that the group is not just black but "highly qualified". I guess the author was worried that they were just token black mountain climbers who didn't earn their Mount Everest climb through hard work and determination.

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    1. You can thank Affirmative Action for the qualifier.

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    2. Years ago I heard some were members of the Jamaican bobsled team

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    3. Correct. This time, the Jamaican bobsled team is starting at the bottom and arriving at the top.

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  12. Tenseng Norgay (the actual first human on top) with Hilary's expedition was unavailable for comment.
    Hope they train well.

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  13. I've chaperoned many camping trips with teens. When we were planning a trip to Acadia National Park, the kids were picking a mountain to climb. I suggested Champlain. It rises dramatically from the ocean and has a couple of easy routes and a couple of more challenging routes to the summit. The kids wanted to climb Cadillac because it is the tallest mountain in the park. I told them I'd meet them in the gift shop at the top. I persuaded them to pick a mountain they had to climb to get to the summit, but they were hard to persuade. "Tallest" is a big draw. OTOH, when I was asked to take a group of black girls on a trip, they informed me, "We don't do outdoor things." So I looked up the stats on who visits our national parks. Only 7% of the visitors to the park are AA. But 78% are white. I've visited several of them, and none of them have "whites only" signs anywhere.

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    1. Yep. BTW, have you noticed these commercials now that show AA people fishing and camping and doing all these "outdoorsy" things they normally don't do?

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    2. And in every one of those commercials, the White male is a blithering idiot who has to be reminded to breathe by the female or AA characters

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    3. I was an avid backpacker/ camper for many years... the # of AA I saw= 0. When I see the fishing/ camping AA families on TV, I just have to shake my head- I've seen just as many bigfoots and unicorns out in the mountains.

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  14. I watch movies like Everest and Vertical Limit and go, "Mmm-mmm. Nope. No way." I am a permanent flatlander.

    Some 200 people have become permanent residents of Mount Everest. Their bodies are used as landmarks by current climbers. There is a very non-zero probability that one of these virtue signalers will be added to the community. Best of luck to them and the heartiest contempt to those who think giving money to promote racism makes the donor a more virtuous person.

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    1. Much ado about nothing. None of these scammos will go/get anywhere near any mountain.

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    2. No, they WON'T. And even IF they did, a snow-nap in Rainbow Valley awaits....

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  15. The problem I see is that not enough politicians have climbed Mt Everest. Anal Oral Crossconnected and Idiot Oh my! Should lead a team along with Nasty P.Lousy.

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  16. All the climbers are black?
    Smells of discrimination to me.

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  17. Did you know there are no mountain ranges in Africa? That's why blacks have no climbing experience. No place to practice.

    When Hillary first summited [Everest], black people couldn’t even vote in this country.

    And she never said a word about it, either.

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  18. If the white snow kills them is that racism?

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  19. I climbed both Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. The black Africans spoke of Everest many times. Never said anything about racisms being an issue. Just money. It took us 9 days to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Our guide set some record and was able to run up it in 9 hours....physical isn't an issue with these dudes either....just money to climb.

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  20. Speaking of "Negro Mountain"...

    Cancel Island Culture Strikes Again!

    "Castine voters approve name change for Negro Islands

    "Upper and Lower Negro Islands [off the coast of Maine] will be no more... Voters at Castine’s annual Town Meeting Saturday approved initiating the process of changing the names in a split vote... the result was 44-33 in favor of changing the names of the two islands. Upper Negro Island is privately owned while Lower Negro Island is owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust."

    The Ellsworth American, May 12, 2021

    What the article doesn't tell you is that Upper Negro Island was re-named Lower Negro Island, and Lower was renamed Upper.

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  21. "There’s been an intentional lack of interest from black people."

    There. Fixed it.

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    1. Too busy scaling Mt. Versace in the 'urban' areas.....

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  22. tHERE IS a movie called The Climb about an African who climbed Everest. I saw it with my wife and we enjoyed it.

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  23. What garbage. "Afflicted negroes decide to empower themselves". Get a grip on this world that the vast majority of this world DOES NOT CARE what "color" you are. I sure do not.

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  24. Wait until they find out the mountain isn't racist and it respects only talent, brains and the wisdom to know the difference.

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  25. So Nepal resumed climbers permits? They were stopped in 2020 due to the pandemic. Three thousand people have died climbing Everest.

    Most deaths have been attributed to avalanches, falls, serac collapse, exposure, frostbite, or health problems related to conditions on the mountain. The upper reaches of the mountain are in the death zone. The death zone is a mountaineering term for altitudes above a certain point – around 8,000 m (26,000 ft), or less than 356 millibars (5.16 psi) of atmospheric pressure – where the oxygen pressure level is not sufficient to sustain human life. Many deaths in high-altitude mountaineering have been caused by the effects of the death zone, either directly (loss of vital functions) or indirectly (unwise decisions made under stress or physical weakening leading to accidents). In the death zone, the human body cannot acclimatize, as it uses oxygen faster than it can be replenished. An extended stay in the zone without supplementary oxygen will result in deterioration of bodily functions, loss of consciousness, and death.

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  26. Bookmark that article, then check back next year. I will bet dollars to donuts that this "expedition" will not only not summit Everest, they won't even get beyond base camp, if they even manage to get that far.

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  27. 305 people have died climbing Everest. Most of the bodies are still on the mountain. Their color? Ice.

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