“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Martin Luther King, Jr quote has been a popular one for this site. It’s been an extraordinary gem hidden in one of King’s more famous speeches that isn’t his super famous speech although it still contains a dream. As I explained in QUOTE: Martin Luther King Jr On Environmentalism it’s been difficult to find a quote about the environment from the canon of Civil Rights Movement era heroes and sheroes. You can read about some possible reasons why there. I thought this quote was worth bringing back again on this blog though and here’s why. Continue reading →
This quote comes to us from Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., founder of the “Back to Africa” movement, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the African Communities League (ACL), “two organizations that promoted educational and industrial opportunities for black people.” -
Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago Chapter of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1969. This quote is lifted from a speech called “Why Don’t You Die For The People?”, which you can hear and read in full below.
To some it may sound oxymoronic but if you truly love anything you should be willing to fight for it. Why wouldn’t you have to fight for peace? I’m reminded of a quote from Nobel Prize winner and environmentalist Wagari Maathai, “Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.” Wouldn’t you say there are more enemies of peace?
Hampton knew the price of peace, justice, and struggle. He paid with his life. Continue reading →
This is one of the more famous quotes from the insightful author. This quote is lifted from his essay ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem’ which was published in the July 1960 issue of Esquire, among other places. As a quote Baldwin is addressing a class issue, but as with probably all class issues it is inextricably linked to race. In context with the rest of his essay it’s more clear the author is referring to something more specific to black people, The Black Tax. Continue reading →
Actor, activist Danny Glover has been outspoken on issues before but this quote addresses and area of environmentalism and racism that many don’t know even exists. When you think about it, why wouldn’t it? It’s easy for black people to think we have no stake in environmentalism but the issues of polluted air and high asthma rates in black neighborhoods are something those people have no real response to. It’s clear, black people have a stake in environmentalism and environmental justice. That should never be dismissed because we think it’s something we “just don’t do”!
THis is your Black History Month Quote for today. Check out the archives of BHM Quotes for more!
Beyonce and her trainer/exercise physiologist Marco Borges, have created 22 Days Nutrition, which delivers plant-based food right to your door. Meals start at $15 each with a variety of delivery plans based on frequency. Last year Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z, took a 22-day vegan challenge. Some considered it bandwagon hopping but apparently she considered it a business opportunity.
Recently, celebrities like Jennifer Lopez also did a vegan stunt stint. Maybe the person who brought these celebrities to a place where they wanted to flirt with vegansim was President Bill Clinton who famously converted to a vegan diet after serious health and heart problems. The benefits of a plant based diet are numerous so why would anybody take issue with Beyonce’s new venture? Continue reading →
The comments I read on youtube said people needed to “stop blaming cars” but this has to be the most car friendly “environmental documentary” I’ve ever seen. With Wired as the presenter I should have known there would be a heavy technological focus but this takes the whole “technology will save us” theory to another level. Oh did I mention this is apparently sponsored by Shell?
Well you can’t expect for there to be real answers from anything involved with a major oil supplier, only tepid, incremental changes like cars that drive themselves. Even a lo-tech answer taking the fucking bus instead can’t be offered here. Did you know there was a time when people were amazed by railroads? Continue reading →
What I don’t like is how the video ends on such a down note. Oh he’s oppressing his children! His son desperately wants a couch? Spare me. What his son seem to really want but didn’t say was privacy. He shares a room with his father and that’s gotta be a drag. There are ways to differentiate the living space and the couch is doable. So is getting new underwear but the approach or message need not be one of deprivation. This man can live his life without being overwhelmed by his own stuff, which when you think about it is an absurd idea in itself. Continue reading →