I have thought about bringing up the following topic for sometime now, but always talked myself out of it, thinking I might come off as bigoted or racist. I can assure you, I am not! I want to present it now, and hope that I can do it in a thought provoking way, and that you will consider taking part in the discussion by replying via a response on my blog. It’s a topic I never hear discussed, and I think it’s for no other reason than “It’s just the way it is!”
I have been metal detecting now for almost 40 years, and I have yet to see any reasonable number of African Americans involved. In fact I can remember only two. One in New Jersey and one in Texas. My question to all of you is WHY?
Metal detecting is an inexpensive hobby, not difficult to learn, it’s relaxing, often profitable and a great outdoors pastime. It does not demand being physically fit in the sense that youngsters, handicapped and senior citizens participate (okay fellow seniors, blast me on that one). So why has it become a “white man’s” pastime?
A few thoughts that come to mind, and I hope I am not being presumptious here….
Black people are not exposed to it early on, and they probably never see anyone with a metal detector in their neighborhood (many live in the inner cities, and often in poorer neighborhoods). They also do not see it advertised on television, and as a result it is not something they think a great deal about.
Next, it’s pretty much a hobby lacking the need for extraordinary physical skills, and when I say that I am comparing it to sports like football, basketball, baseball or soccer. I believe many black children grow up idolizing people like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, or Derek Jeter, and as a result focus on those sports at an early age, whereas metal detecting will never make anyone a “super star”, nor will it provide you with enough money to live on (those that tell you otherwise are lying).
So tell me. Are there more black detectorists out there that I am not aware of? Please share your thoughts on this by commenting here or email me at Disc440@tx.rr.com, and please no racist comments or jokes. I don’t find them funny all, and never have….
HURRICANE SANDY…LONG TIME BEFORE THINGS RETURN TO NORMAL
It’s been three days since Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, but things are still not good. Millions are still without power, and many are without homes. The death toll as of Thursday was 56. While help is on the way, the sheer number of those affected means it will take time, and that has to be demoralizing….
My family in New Jersey, while living about 80 miles inland, is still without power, and they have been told it will be another 7 to 10 days from today before they see it. Likewise, those with generators, are having to wait in lines at gas stations to fill their cans, hoping and praying that the station doesn’t run out before it’s their turn at the pump.
Most of the treasure hunters on the East coast are finding that things were not as they hoped, and many coastal towns are still closed to visitors, and in some instances, to those who live there. Those that have been able to detect are not making finds close to what they anticipated, with a lot of the sand having been pushed inland, and then pushed back out by those repairing the areas. The damage caused by Hurrican Sandy was much more severe than anyone had predicted.
One bright note is this photo from Paul Ribble, South Jersey detectorist, who lives in Ocean City, New Jersey. While Paul’s home was damaged by the storm, he still had the levity to share the following photo (and yes, that’s sand in his basement).
Here’s hoping that the days get better and brighter for all of those affected by this devastating storm…..