US Park Ranger uniforms make Latinos feel ‘very threatened,’ so guess what has to happen?

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A group of legislators and civil rights leaders have found something else to be offended by.

The uniform of U.S. park rangers appears “very threatening” to Latinos because of its resemblance to an immigration officers uniform.

Park Rangers
Park Rangers photo credit National Park Service.
ICE Agents
ICE Agents photo credit India Today.

“What we’re calling for is drastic, very scary change,” Maite Arce of the Hispanic Access Foundation said at a Thursday news conference.

“One example I can give you is with the Latino community, especially among the border states, but even nationwide, just the simple color of the uniforms that rangers wear,” she continued.

Arce is part of the coalition that is demanding President Obama issue an executive order, because who needs Congress, telling the Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create guidelines that make National Parks more inclusive.

“It’s such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and it’s similarity to the border patrols 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.

Among the group’s suggestions are to “assess the cultural implications of existing agency uniforms, offices, signage, and other facilities. For example, the Park Service law-enforcement vehicles look like those used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and uniforms have law enforcement connotations, both of which present a significant impediment to engaging all Americans.”

“Review names of sites throughout system for cultural bias. Some may require comprehensive name changes to reflect a broader and more inclusive history,” it wrote in a paper titled “Fostering an Inclusive Approach to Public Lands for the Next 100 Years.”

h/t: CNS News.

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