Systemic Racism in Outdoor and Urban Spaces. How Do We Move Forward?

Navy Veteran Chad Brown poses with his fly rod

A frank and unscripted conversation on race, the outdoors, and more.

To have public lands where everyone is welcome, we also need a just and democratic society where our government, elected leaders, and everyday citizens respect the rights of all people. Unfortunately, the America we live in today falls far, far short of those ideals. We all have a moral obligation to speak out against racism, injustice and intolerance in our communities and in our families. And we must support the organizations working to build a more just and democratic country.  

For this reason and many others, Oregon Wild hosted a conversation between Chad Brown of Soul River, James Mills of The Joy Trip Project, and Sharon Ross of Afrovivalist, and Richard Thornton, outdoor advocate and activist with over a dozen years in the outdoor industry. 

We hope you find this frank and unscripted conversation on race, the outdoors, and more useful in helping to build a bridge to a better, more inclusive and empathetic community.

This conversation was held in conjunction with an essay that Chad wrote, "Thoughts on The Killing of George Floyd", which he allowed us to share here.