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The White Green show

10 Feb 2021 | OP ED Watch

Adding to the climate crisis, it seems all is not well in the world of intersectional alarmism. In what we’re calling an opinion piece, despite the “News” label, NBC says “‘The numbers don’t lie’: The green movement remains overwhelmingly white, report finds”. And before you think OK, at least white people are doing one thing right, i.e. saving the planet, well, the world of grievance studies doesn’t work that way. These soursops (look, it’s green outside and white inside and there aren’t a lot of foods like that, OK?) are oppressing persons of colour, even if Biden is trying to rescue the latter from everything including pollution. How are they oppressing them? By bringing them into their outfits at an “incremental” pace. Boo. Bad soursops.

Biden is so woke he might want to consider decaf. For instance one of the many cooks he’s now got peppering the climate soup, Senior Director for Environmental Justice at the Council on Environmental Quality Cecilia Martinez, has warned that “For too long, systemic racism and injustice have disproportionately exposed economically disadvantaged communities, tribal communities, and communities of color to the highest levels of toxic pollution. As the current COVID-19 crisis demonstrates, the interconnection between environmental and health risks has created crisis conditions for communities already battling toxic pollution that causes respiratory and other illnesses. Unless intentionally interrupted, systemic racism will continue to be a major obstacle to creating a healthy planet” so she called for “equitable climate solutions that will build an inclusive, just and pollution-free economy that works for all people.” And after lunch, world peace. But how is it going?

NBC grudgingly concedes that “New data from about 40 of the largest nonprofit environmental organizations in the country and the top 40 foundations and grant providers show that, on average, these groups added six people of color and eight women to their full-time staff from 2017 to 2020, added two people of color and two women to their senior staff in that time, and one person of color and one woman to their boards since 2017. Diversity advocates acknowledge that such large legacy groups, which have staffing numbers in the hundreds and budgets worth millions of dollars, may be in the best position to bring attention to issues such as protecting national parks and endangered species. But those groups have not historically been in tune with problems facing inner cities and communities of color, places that are disproportionately burdened by pollution, according to the federal government’s research. The latest numbers demonstrate a noticeable shift, but still highlight that the organizations and foundations remain overwhelmingly white — even as many of those groups released statements last year calling for racial justice and recognizing how despite their progressive ideals, they failed to react to systemic disparities that people of color have been subjected to in the United States.”

Ah, so talk is cheap, is it? And here we resurrect the so-called “Breen plan” under which every concerned white environmentalist can quit their position on the stipulation that it go to someone who is intersectionally intersectional. If it doesn’t appeal, we invite you to conclude that as the “global” warming “crisis” is meant to be global and a crisis, fixing it would benefit everyone, no matter where they live or what they look like, and everyone should do whatever they can instead of getting sidetracked into bickering about quotas. Unless it’s not a real crisis and we can afford to wander about complaining about microaggression instead.

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