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Updated July 31, 2020, 2:00 PM CT

Sierra Club pulls away from founder John Muir

     Sierra Club’s president Michael Brune just shattered the internal culture of the 128-year-old organization by spinelessly folding to external pressure to be 'woke.' 

In a moment of what must have been hand-wringing, woe be to us, how do we appease the revisionist left-wing radical cultural rewriters, Brune posted a controversial letter to the organization’s website, in part saying; "The whiteness and privilege of our early membership fed into a very dangerous idea -- one that’s still circulating today."

Titled “Pulling Down Our Monuments,” the letter begins by stating, “It’s time to take down some of our own monuments, starting with some truth-telling about the Sierra Club’s early history.”

The Sierra Club was founded by naturist John Muir. 


Controversy

In the late 1800s, Muir wrote of Cherokee homes he visited in Oklahoma, “the uncouth transitionist …wigwams of savages.” 

Muir wrote upon visiting a Black family in Georgia: “Birds make nests and nearly all beasts make some kind of bed for their young,” he wrote, “but these negroes [sic] allow their younglings to lie nestless and naked in the dirt.”


John Muir

Muir was an engineer, naturalist, philosopher, botanist, geologist, environmentalist, and a brilliant writer who brought the American wilderness home to millions of readers. We have Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park, and many other nature spaces, thanks to him.


We must not lose sight of the greatness of John Muir

Muir wrote: "Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality."  - My First Summer in the Sierra (1911) chapter 2.


And this:

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."  - Our National Parks, (1901), chapter 1, page 1. 


Here is a link to many more quotes from John Muir. https://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/favorite_quotations.aspx


The Sierra Club reports 3.2 million members and supporters worldwide.

Below is Brune's letter: 

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