Diversity & Radical Inclusion

This long-form series is designed to spark conversation about diversity, Radical Inclusion, and differences in the global Burning Man community. Topics include: where the lines are for cultural appropriation of art, music, and fashion, is “Why aren’t there more people of color at Burning Man?” the question we should be asking, how far the 10 Principles stretch beyond the playa, and what being a year-round, worldwide culture means for the inclusiveness and diversity of Burning Man.

(Header image: “Broken But Together” by Michael Benisty; design by Tanner Boeger; photos by Leori Gill and Philippe Meicler)


More on This Important Topic…

  • Neon Voices by The Crisis Labs Art Collective, 2020 (Photo by Truman O'Brien)

    Neon Voices: An Anti-Racism Illuminated Urban Art Piece

    These last eight months have left me feeling angry, frustrated and confused. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (to name just two) at the hands of police are piercing reminders of the systemic racism and police brutality embedded in our society. With the cancellation of Black Rock City, my friends and campmates had …Read More
  • An Update on Diversity & Radical Inclusion

    As an organization that believes the world’s a better place with Burning Man in it, and one that’s committed to spreading the culture that comes from Black Rock City throughout the world, we have a long way to go when it comes to race and diversity. As a culture that preaches the virtues of diversity, …Read More
  • A Letter to the Burning Man Community from a Black Man

    Rob Smith, aka Black Rock Smitty, is a filmmaker from New York. He shared this perspective on social media and gave us his permission to repost it here. As always, we ask you to keep it kind and constructive in the comments. We will not tolerate hateful, racist or ignorant posts. Greetings, I hope you’re …Read More
  • Gatekeeping at Black Rock City and Beyond

    From Nexus: This piece was written before COVID-19 became a pandemic and the subsequent announcement about Black Rock City going virtual. In this perfect storm, we are also experiencing a moment and movement of protest and resistance against institutional and systemic oppression. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery might …Read More
  • The State of the Diversity Conversation (Observations From the Field)

    I don’t want to talk about diversity right now — I don’t have anything new to say about diversity at Burning Man that I haven’t already said elsewhere (such as here, here, and here).  But I do want to talk about the conversation about diversity. Let’s get meta. I’ve recently been traveling around to different …Read More