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The cauliflowers of colonialism

29 May 2019 | OP ED Watch

There’s a fine line between being woke and being insomniac and losing focus and perspective. Thus Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might want to switch to decaf because her eyes are disconcertingly wide open when she warns that “when someone says that it’s ‘too hard’ to do a green space that grows Yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something — what you’re doing is that you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism, and that is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements because they come with the colonial lens on them.” Either that or they really think cauliflower tastes bad.

It is of course popular to assert that everyone, even the bravest of environmental campaigners or social justice warriors, is incredibly fragile. So if you point out that the climate of, let’s say, the 14th Congressional District in New York is ill-suited to members of the perennial subfamily Agavoideae of the family Asparagaceae commonly found in the Caribbean and central America, their ability to save the planet is ruined like cauliflower boiled to grey mush in salt water. On top of which they start throwing politically correct terms of abuse at you.

What’s especially puzzling is that according to the Congressperson from that district, climate change is causing the planet to heat rapidly. So it should be hard to grow cauliflower in the arid desert the Bronx is fast becoming.

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