Some questions about pot on public lands are NOT common.
After the raid but before the story aired on the radio, my dad called me up. "Are you going to call it Pomeroy?" he asked. That's out family name for marijuana - Sheriff Pomeroy in San Mateo, California, apparently spoke to a Hi-Y club meeting my then 15-year old dad went to, and passed around a lit joint so that the boys would recognize the smell. My college friends called it Darrell, after Darrell Green, the devoutly Christian former Redskins cornerback (who, to be fair, never endorsed the product). Another friend's family calls it "back medicine." Anyone with anything as good should tweet us at @PacificSwell or hit us up in the comments with their pet name.
But then again, some questions are common - and, for that matter, relevant. So - since they weren't the exact focus of my story, I'm answering the top three questions I've gotten from Angeleno and Facebook friends in the last few days.
Where are the people of color in national parks? That headline caught my eye on MSNBC's website. It's more of a riddle than a question, because the answer is, nowhere. Well, very few places.
Travel writer Rob Lovitt reports: "…non-Hispanic whites comprised 78 percent of park visitors in 2008–2009. By comparison, Hispanics accounted for 9 percent of visitors, while African-Americans were 7 percent of visitors." How does that compare to the actual face of America, you ask?
[T]he U.S. population in 2010 was 64 percent non-Hispanic white, 16 percent Hispanic, 13 percent African American and 5 percent Asian, with American Indians, Alaska Natives and Pacific Islanders accounting for less than 1 percent each.
On the one hand, I'm glad that the NPS checks up on these things. Their site is full of information; the survey report on which Lovett is reporting is one piece of a complicated annual puzzle.