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Is Climate Change… Racist?

Searching for evidence of racism in America? Look to the skies!

by
La Shawn Barber

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August 1, 2008 - 12:05 am
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Liberals know the best way to get black people interested in a political issue: to racialize it and couch it in language like “equity” and “social justice,” and push for yet more government programs. That’s why reports like A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming, and a Just Climate Policy in the U.S. (PDF) are written.

On Tuesday, liberal Congressman James Clyburn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to launch the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change, a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, to encourage blacks to join the global warming debate.

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” Clyburn said.

With no Klansman to defend against or whites-only signs to tear down, certain blacks are consumed with searching for racism in a single glance or an innocuous comment or on a magazine cover or under rocks. In this case, they looked for and found racism in the skies. From the report:

    African Americans are thirteen percent of the U.S. population and on average emit nearly twenty percent less greenhouse gases than non-Hispanic whites per capita. Though far less responsible for climate change, African Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites. Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability. African Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S.

The report is a litany of racial disparities. Six states with the highest number of blacks are in the Atlantic hurricane zone. Blacks have higher rates of heat-related deaths. So-called racist stereotypes reduce disaster aid. Sprawl is “institutional racism” that takes away jobs and resources “as whites flee central cities out of racial fear.” And on and on.

(There is no discussion of blacks’ responsibility for these disparities and conditions. The burden rests solely on others, including the government.)

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