Simona Barca

Going it Alone

In “Going it Alone,” Rahawa Haile uses confirmation to¬† argue for a particular version of a story. Specifically, she focuses on the outdoors nature experience from the angle of a black woman taking to the woods by herself. The larger narrative, which is tales of experiencing the solitude, the adventure and isolation of the outdoors, is generally exclusive to people we associate with outdoor leisure: white men. By sharing her own experience hiking the Appalachian trail and inserting the history behind people of color not being welcomed in the outdoors culture, Haile not only shares a different angle of a known narrative but explains and educates why that is. She also offers solutions for how the gap can be closed, and that is by using advertisements and media to show that people of color belong in the outdoors too.