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Real, or parody?


In the most recent issue of HCN, I read a blurb that claimed that an organization called the Melanin Base Camp was accusing the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics of racist “gatekeeping” and of perpetuating “purity tests” (“Five reasons to keep geotagging”). As one who began reading HCN in 1974 and who has written for both HCN and Writers on the Range press service, I wasn’t sure what to make of the blurb. Was it for real, or was it some kind of parody, à la The Onion

Bill Cook 
Helena, Montana