At least, I think it does:
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. are written.
On Tuesday, liberal Congressman James Clyburn spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to kick off the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, sponsored by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The left-leaning think tank created the Commission to Engage African-Americans on Climate Change 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.
What’s their slogan, “No Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Afternoon Showers, No Peace”?
But that’s just my white insensitivity showing again:
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.
One of us is confused, and I’m only too happy to confess, but… wouldn’t higher energy bills and recession caused by global energy price shocks argue for a lot more oil and natural gas—even coal—to bring the costs down? Yet don’t all those (allegedly) contribute to the assaults on African American health, housing, culture, and social stability? I’m trying to keep up, but my neo-imperialist mindset won’t let go.
We’re left with the impression that blacks are passive agents caught up in a whirlwind of racist weather and still burdened by the ever-present “legacy of slavery.” According to the report, there’s the potential for “climate change policy that continues and extends this legacy.” That’s why the Joint Center calls on blacks to “speak truth to power” and take up the mantle of environmental justice, whatever that means. To narrow racial disparities purportedly caused by a problem whose very existence is debatable, the report contains several suggestions, including raising taxes and redistributing wealth.
Same plot, different setting.
Oh, so they weren’t being serious, after all. I should have known: once you hear the phrase “speak truth to power”, you know you’re being taken for a sap.
Besides, Professor Leonard Jeffries has already taught us that blacks are “sun people” and whites are “ice people”.