A civil rights group claims that Park Ranger uniforms are too similar to border control agents’ uniforms — with law enforcement connotations that “present a significant impediment to engaging all Americans.”
The group also pointed out that the Park Service law-enforcement vehicles look like those used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Maite Arce with the Hispanic Access Foundation said our government leaders must be prepared to make “drastic, scary” changes if they don’t want to alienate the Latino community, especially those in border cities.
“It’s such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and it’s similarity to the border patrol’s uniform — in the coloring — could be very threatening to certain segments of the Latino population. So a discussion about that is going to be really tough,” Arce said.
The point she made, however, seemed absurd when juxtaposed with two photos -one from the National Park Service showing rangers in their greenish-khaki colored uniforms and another of ICE Agents wearing their (very different) dark blue uniforms.
IJ Review reports that a coalition of lawmakers and civil rights groups is asking the president to issue an executive order directing the Dept. of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture to “adopt guiding priorities for a more inclusive approach to National Parks.”
The coalition made multiple recommendations to the Park Service including: “Review names of sites throughout system for cultural bias. Some may require comprehensive name changes to reflect a broader and more inclusive history.”
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