Ghetto Hikes: A Hoax? (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: Looks like Ghetto Hikes is a parody account -- and an unfunny one at that. According to a just-released tweet, Men's Humor and Ghetto Hikes were registered by the same person. Runnin' Scared will try and figure out the deal.


Meet Mr. Cody, author of Ghetto Hikes, a tumblr/Twitter meme in the making.

"I HAVE A FULL TIME JOB LEADING URBAN KIDS (OF ALL RACES) ON NATURE HIKES. I SIMPLY WRITE DOWN SHIT THEY SAY," writes Mr. Cody -- who gives no other identifying info.

Some of the kids' observations?



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Another gem:
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And let's not forget:
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Judging from the posts, it doesn't seem like the kids have a traditional reverence of nature a la Walden -- but they're sure-as-shit taken aback by the great outdoors, which is a step in the right direction.

Ghetto Hikes looks like it's only been around since January, but already has almost 430,000 followers. Runnin' Scared reached out to Mr. Cody about his project. We'll update if we hear back.

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johnnysalami1957
johnnysalami1957

Do it with women next time so we can hear all the bug stories!

Or gays so we can hear how fabulous the flowers are!

C'mon get a life are you saying people don't talk like this. Should I feel hurt every time somebody asks me if Im in the mob because of my last name? There are certainly lots people out there waiting to defend a group of people who don't want it. Right now I'm walking around the Florida mall in Orlando. and if I wrote what I'm hearing you would slap that racist label right on my forehead.

ashgabbidon
ashgabbidon

So if I understand correctly, even though you have zero evidence that this is fake, you put it up as a headline anyway? That's the main point really. If you think it is "class-ist" then do not engage with it. These kids are not being marginalised in my opinion and rather are being allowed to see a world they would rarely be a part of otherwise. 


I guess the real question is this:Would you rather these children be treated with and communicated to in the way you feel is 100% appropriate whilst staying in the inner city and never engaging with the glories of nature, or would you admit it is ok for a teacher to take them out on these hikes and sometimes rib them a bit about their interpretation of their new surroundings?


If it was real I would think he would have been pulled up on it by now and if it isn't, well who cares? I'm sure many posters of any ethnic background can relate to how teachers could be back in our day. Violence, harassment, humiliation as standard teaching practices. There is no evidence to suggest that this is happening to these kids. 

averagejane
averagejane

It's not funny, it's condescending. Real or not, the theme is a "benevolent sophisticate" as the straight man to his "primitive" charges- aren't they adorable and ridiculous? mind your manners, don't snicker in front of them!

Regardless of the glaring racist implications (and cagey maneuvering around that, plausible deniability) it's certainly classist, and certainly smug.

cjalbebl
cjalbebl

This is racist because it's evil and wrong to make fun of any ethnicity.  Except for white people, then it's okay.  The only way any white person can talk about race is from the perspective of apologizing and grovelling.  The media will vulture swarm a half white man shooting a black thug in self defense and try to portray it as a racially motivated killing FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS.  Meanwhile, "beat whitey night" gets ignored by the media.

ignorantwhitepeople
ignorantwhitepeople

@cjalbebl Way to set the rest of us back decades. Not all of us care about color or background, but people like you sure as hell make it hard for us to prove otherwise. Do the world a favor and get your klan brothers and move to an island we can nuke the shit out of.

jannutpie
jannutpie

@cjalbebl How is this racist? You're assuming all of these kids are NOT white kids. I know plenty of white kids who speak like this. Language is not a race issue.

This is the observation of kids speaking about things of which they have nothing to compare. Think of a 5 year old trying to describe something they've never experienced before--it can be pretty cute/funny; the same applies here.

We're all children, learning something new every day. When we're older and more experienced, we understand things better, we utilise our experiences to act and speak out of wisdom. We can look back on our previous years and see how far we have progressed. That is part of living.

prettypantymodel
prettypantymodel

@cjalbebl - Except that Ghetto Hikes references urban kids of ALL races.  The only racism that's happening is in your own head. 

barabajagal
barabajagal

@cjalbebl Yes there is racism against white people, but to be white, and to complain about racial discrimination or unfairness, is like the billionaires complaining about "making ends meet".  

Or let's put it this way: white people will suffer the least consequences from racism of anyone.  A white person will never be denied a loan because of their race, rarely if ever be denied a job, they will not be pulled over for no other reason than being white, and they will not be assumed to be unintelligent, violent, or lesser, simply because of their race. They may be made to feel guilty, presumed to be rich, out of touch, bigoted, untrustworthy, they may be held responsible for the actions of their ancestors, told they cannot possibly understand racism, or seen as members of an oppressive ruling class. All of the above is wrong and discriminatory, but in comparison, it's nothing. A little mental turmoil, compared to a lifetime of struggling against systematic oppression. 


Complaining about how white people are discriminated against is complaining about the splinter in your hand while standing next to someone who's been impaled. It makes you sound like a petulant, entitled child, or a narcissist. 

TL;DR: DEAL WITH IT.

guantanamobayxx
guantanamobayxx

@barabajagal @cjalbebl So just because white people are privileged in our one specific country, racism against white people is okay, only colored people racism is an affront? We can't treat racism as what it really is, dividing equality for all and denying the idea that we should all be treated the same regardless of what color someone is?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Why is it racist? None of the comments ever say what race the children in question are. Are you assuming they black? Are you assuming the adult is white? Whose the racist now?

arubens1
arubens1

I do this for a living.  As someone who has heard multiple students refer to lightning bugs as paparazzi bitches, I do not doubt for a second that these are real.

Davidduffield18@yahoo.com
Davidduffield18@yahoo.com

Everyone is a little racist for starters. On top of that, some of the funniest most groundbreaking "innocent" things had strong racist undertones. Tom & Jerry, Charlie Brown, The Flintstones. Not all racism is against blacks mind you. Just enjoy a good laugh once in a while and if you don't find something funny then move on. No need to trash anyone or anything unless it crosses a major line. Like the fucked up joke thing on YouTube

Amebade
Amebade

Why them white reporta cracka's always gotta ruin our ghetto ass fun?!

Ghettodykes
Ghettodykes

Don't ruin it for us! We want it to be real, like Santa n shit.

kenny_bloggins
kenny_bloggins

This shit's a hoax, fyi... name is registered to the dudes who do abhorrant memery like Mens Humor, Lamebook, etc.

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