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”!
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In a recent article by the African American Environmentalist Association they tried to figure out where Tea Party conservative Sarah Palin stands on environmental issues that effect communities of color. What’s kind of remarkable here for me is that apparently no one’s ever asked her about it. Continue reading
My grandfather used to say ‘the land don’t know no color, the land never mistreated anybody. It’s the people here.” ~Dr. John Boyd
There are several notable things about the Shirley Sherrod incident worth acknowledging, most involve how much this incident is not about the woman in question. The African American Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture was forced to resign of from her position after conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart posted a highly edited video of Sherrod’s address at a March 2010 NAACP event to his website that made her look like she engaged in discriminatory practices towards whites. Continue reading
EPA Administrator Lisa P.Jackson addresses the Brownfields2009 Conference in New Orleans, LA. USEPA Photo Eric Vance
Below are the words of New Orleans native Lisa Jackson, the first African-American Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sometimes I think we spend a lot of time being concerned with what President Obama does, but he has a cabinet and a staff.
Obama is not the only name we should know. These other people have names and we can’t even think of holding them accountable as well if we don’t know their names.
One of my African American colleagues told me about how, every year as winter was coming, his grandmother would get up on a chair and put up plastic sheeting over the windows.
She didn’t say she was ‘greening her home.’ She didn’t say she was ‘weatherizing the house.’ She didn’t call herself an ‘environmentalist.’
From her perspective, she was just keeping out the cold and saving money on the oil bill. But the issues that we label ‘environmentalism’ were an important part of her life.
The first step is to communicate ‘clearly’ the many ways people’s stake in the environment is greater than they may realize. In the newspaper a couple of weeks ago there was a story about an environmental curriculum being taught in inner city schools.
One of the teachers quoted in the article got right to the heart of the matter when she said, ‘You can’t have a kid in a violent neighborhood and say, ‘Let’s talk about the polar bear.'” Continue reading