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Burning Man founder: 'Black folks don't like to camp as much as white folks' | Culture | The Guardian

Burning Man founder Larry Harvey has countered criticism of the lack of racial diversity at the festival by saying that part of the reason there are so few black attendees (known as burners) is that "I don't think black folks like to camp as much as white folks".

In an interview with the Guardian, Harvey vowed that "we're not going to set racial quotas", defended the presence of rich Silicon Valley executives at the festival, and said he will personally go undercover this week to investigate the luxurious camps of ultra-wealthy tech bosses said by the New York Times to boast chefs, air conditioning and servants.

According to the most recent Black Rock city census, complied yearly by a team of academic demographers and anthropologists to determine the makeup of the festival, 87% of burners identified as white; 6% identified as Hispanic, 6% as Asian, and 2% as Native Americans (figures rounded) - on the latter of whose ancestral lands the event occurs. The smallest demographic of burners - 1.3% - identified as black. According to the census, which also measures income, this means that the temporary city is home to twice as many people who earn $300,000 a year as it is to black people.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Sep 5th, 2015 at 11:33:15 AM EST
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