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Carl J
26 days ago

Gee Chuck acts like he’s all shocked on the controversial replies received over a race baiting article. I submit Chuck knew exactly what was coming and as a driver of hits to this web site was certainly hoping for the results. Now acting all outraged over exactly what he was hoping for in the height of hypocrisy.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
21 days ago
Reply to  Carl J

Carl J, with all due respect, you are wrong. You do not have the ability to read my mind. That article was not — I repeat NOT — click bait. It was a legitimate subject that is worth discussing. Open-minded people understand that and perhaps it makes them think a little about what the author is saying. In the old days, the way we learned included listening to people whose knowledge and/or opinions about things differed from our own and then pondered whether they had merit. What an old-fashioned concept, huh? You cannot read my mind, so please do not insult me by pretending you have some magical ability to do it.

Last edited 21 days ago by Chuck Woodbury
Bruce J
1 month ago

I think people are just tired of reading a publication or, watching a broadcast that is supposedly “topic specific” and then being subjected to social or, political commentary. If people want that kind of information they can choose to access it. A good example is what has happened to professional sports viewership or, what happened to Gillette with their toxic masculinity marketing (company ended up with a staggering $1 billion dollar loss). Anytime an organization becomes political they alienate a huge market segment. Never good business.

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
21 days ago
Reply to  Bruce J

Bruce J. there are plenty of examples of organizations that are big successes being political. Fox News is a great example. If it were middle of the road, covering both the left and right ends of the political spectrum equally, it would be nothing. The network has succeeded hugely by focusing on building a conservative audience. You can find all sorts of examples on both sides of the political spectrum.

K Zele
1 month ago

I opened my e-mail today to this announcement from RV Travel and I truly hope they read this and ponder what I am about to say. RV Travel stated “We’ve had it! Mean-spirited readers forcing a change in how we publish… [an] essay by Nanci Dixon about RVing in an interracial marriage prompted a huge amount of nasty, mean-spirited comments and emails. It was the last straw for us, and…we will modify how we publish this newsletter to keep the conversation civilized.” I say to RV Travel and all of you, stifling free speech in any way, is exactly what they want you to do. There will ALWAYS be people with differing views, and yes, you may think them as nasty, mean-spirited, etc., but and I do not say this lightly, hiding these type of comments is NOT what this country is about. We SHOULD KNOW where people stand, how they feel and what they think, otherwise we a living in a FALSE reality and cannot protect ourselves from these individuals. I hope you change your mind -Think About It!

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Chuck Woodbury (@chuck)
21 days ago
Reply to  K Zele

In the old days, before the internet, people wrote letters to the editors of newspapers and magazines. The editors, most trained journalists, tossed the letters that were basically rants, and published the intelligent ones that actually presented a well-thought-out point. About the only time we delete comments is when they are hateful. We make the choice about what is hateful and what is not. So this is subjective on our part. But I am not going to let stand the rants of close-minded people who call other people names and/or cite facts that aren’t factual at all.

Elisa
1 month ago

Chuck – good job on handling this situation. People who are really interested in understanding the basis of the issue would greatly benefit from reading “White Fragility”. I learned a lot from it and have been in an interracial marriage for almost 30 years. We just started RVing a few years ago and have found only friendly folks so far, but have had plenty of other non-camping related negative encounters, as have our four children, so are well aware of the dangers that can come from just being with your family somewhere where others were brought up to be small minded and uneducated. But good folks such as yourself, and the many helpful and friendly neighbors we have had camping, restore my faith in the good in the world.

michael hayes
1 month ago

Chuck, Nanci Dixon’s bigoted white-baiting remarks and your defense of them are the last straw. I no longer want your material poisoning my inbox. Please remove me immediately.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  michael hayes

You have been removed. —Diane at RVtravel.com

David Allen
1 month ago

Since I am unaware how we can go back and read the comments, I can not understand how people could have been so rude as to require all of this. I also posted on the article because I felt it was an article posted that gave one side to the situation and the writer intentionally blamed it all on race. I did not then and still do not feel that black people are ridiculed or persecuted in general by the RV world. I see families of all races and associate with them alike. The fact that some “shot them the bird” was the writers perception that it was because they were an interracial couple. Maybe they didn’t like people from her state. Maybe they didn’t like families with kids, or maybe they were jealous of the writers rig. They automatically blamed it on race, thereby drawing people into an argument about race. If my comments was one of those deemed inappropriate b Chuck, then I will be more than happy to be banished. We have too many people in this world blaming race for everything.

Bill T
1 month ago
Reply to  David Allen

Agreed. For a lot of folks it’s appears to be their “go to” response for everything. Lemmings are color blind.

Ron Q
1 month ago
Reply to  David Allen

In addition to being an avid RV’er, I manage rentals. I rent to people from all backgrounds. My experience indicates that far too many times a disagreement immediately becomes an accusation of racism, which it is not. My overwhelming experience is that me and my residents go out of our way to accommodate and extend to people of color.

I commented in an earlier post that I think it’s great that the campground community has become much more diverse, WHICH IS GREAT.

I will also opine that I have never stayed at ANY campground where I would have considered it unsafe for ANY individual to be out at night, even for those breaking the rules or the law. The narrative seems to be that we are living in 1850 or 1920 all over again. WE AREN’T. We elected a black president, etc. We need to stop the divisiveness; focus on what we have in common, and not what separates us.

Curtis D Botner
1 month ago

I’ve enjoyed reading this site for quite awhile and decided that after Chuck’s latest remarks, It’s time to step up and pay the small price (voluntary donation) for this publication, I look at it as money well spent.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago

Thank you, Curtis! It’s very interesting to me that people either responded to this by becoming new paid subscriber-members, or contributing again — or telling us in no uncertain terms that they’d had it with us and what we’re reporting and to remove them from the mailing list. A sign of the times, unfortunately. But thamk you, and the other readers (paid members or not) who are standing by us in these troubling times. Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Mark Lawler
1 month ago

Thanks for taking a stand for what is right in your publication. I’ve long held the belief that if people were required to use their real names when posting in social media that would wipe out almost all the trolls. However, even if that were true, there would still be bigots and racists out there who would have no problem using their real names to share both their ignorance and racists beliefs. Keep up the good work!

Rosalie Magistro
1 month ago

As a mother in law of a Jamaican and 3 mixed grandsons, I can’t stand the hatred.
I was raised not to see color but kindness and compassion.
There are good and bad in all races.
I enjoy the article.

jillie
1 month ago

Not to start anything but we met a really nice father and son on a camping trip one year. The boy and father were black. I asked if this was a father and son camping trip he told me the wife hates camping and all things with it. You would not catch her in a tent with creepy crawlers. I asked him if he considered a trailer and he said yes but the wife would not hear of it. She prefers her home or a hotel. So I am going with some like it and some don’t. I have seen a lot of asians in canada of all things camping. I never mentioned race but you see more campers of ethinic in Canada then in the US. Weird huh?

Graham Speake
1 month ago

We are getting our first RV in a month. I have read your newsletter for the last few months and used the tips and great suggestions to help purchase the things I need. Reading all the articles has been really interesting. I read the article on Black RVers and thought it was a great article and very well written. I was going to ask my wife to read it when I noticed the comments and was disgusted. I am so glad you deleted them and so sorry this happened. I am currently a free edition reader, but will rectify this shortly. Keep up the good work and do not be afraid to publish articles that are of interest to the majority of us, even if they push the boundaries. We all need to be tolerant of everybody, no matter what or who they are.

MARK SHIELDS
1 month ago

Stop the Mean-spirited readers by only allowing comments by snail mail (no offense to the U.S.P.S). If I had to send this by mail, I wouldn’t have done it.

William
1 month ago

Hello RV Travel – Not sure if I’m a paid subscriber if not I will contribute since I do enjoy reading your editions each weekend! Regarding Chuck’s editorial on rude comments from mostly free subscribers I suggest comments are allowed by “Subscribers Only.” Keep up the great work!

Russ Whitlock
1 month ago

I’m sorry you and staff had to experience so much of the hatred and division that is in our country. I spent 38 years with the National Park Service and we were constantly searching for ways to reach out to people of color. We realized long ago, the future of the national parks was not dependent on white people as the demographics of the nation are changing. Unless the parks, historic places and outdoors are appreciated and enjoyed equally by all there will be no defense of them from those who would tear down, plunder, and eliminate.

Michael Moore
1 month ago

Chuck, I have enjoyed your newletter for years and read it for the information on RVing that your provide. You must decide what kind of newsletter you want to produce: RV information or social commentary. Martin Luther King, Jr. looked forward to the day when Black people would not be judged by the “color of their skin, but the content of their character”. That day has come. Color has nothing to do with it.

tim palmer
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

It’s his newsletter, he can produce what he wants. If you don’t like to read this, then go start your own.

J Sutter
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Moore

Sadly you are very wrong – as the fact that he has to respond as he did shows. Times are very difficult right now and color is still a factor in how people are treated. We all see it every day. It is our job to do better, not dismiss their problems because they are not ours. I will become a subscriber and I will do my best to help others in our RV community.

DJ knapp
1 month ago

I am truly embarrassed by anyone that would criticize your writings! If they do not appreciate your articles, they can turn it off. We have also asked the same questions about the lack of black campers, and when I run into some, I always try to help make them feel comfortable being my neighbors, as I do everyone! I also was fortunate a few years ago to check into a KOA near a large metropolitan city, and the sites were mainly black campers. I was welcomed very nicely, helped into my site and shared many a drink and snacks with some great folks. Generally speaking, we all want the same things out of life, so let’s try to go forward with a better attitude toward everyone. God bless America!

Jim
1 month ago

if we all could just live by the simple slogan “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it!”

Jim Beattie
1 month ago

Well I feel bad for all of you that work so hard to make this newsletter happen and to have a few try and ruin it just goes to show you what has happened to this great country of ours please don’t let this get to you there is more good people out there than bad keep up the good work

Gerald
1 month ago

Thanks and much appreciation for how you have handled this intensely sensitive manner.

KellyR
1 month ago

Joke of the week – light in the refrigerator for mid-night snacks. It is all so simple to me now.
The country has become over weight all because of this stupid refrigerator light! There were no over weight people back when we had ice boxes. I just removed that darned light.