Forgive us for missing this hot take yesterday. Must’ve gotten buried by Donald Trump’s victory lap or something.
Anyway, we’re pleased to bring it to you today. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, Karin Louise Hermes for VICE:
The climate movement is overwhelmingly white. So I walked away. https://t.co/mGvnSmeWr7
— VICE (@VICE) February 6, 2020
Hermes, who is Filipino-German, writes:
Whenever I would question the whiteness of these spaces and how strategies didn’t take race into account, I would be met with uncomfortable silences. The last time, at a nationwide movement-building workshop last April, I was asked, “Well then, why are you even here?”
So I decided not to be there anymore. After four years of helping organize direct actions, speeches, workshops, and countless video calls, I started hiding and declining requests. I was burned out.
Anti-racism and anti-capitalism need to be made part of organizing. If “Green” policies fail to consider anti-racism and migrant rights, how is any person of colour supposed to feel voting for them or organizing in the same spaces?
Wow, great question, Karin. Really makes us think.
As a cis gendered hetero white man, I'm doing my part by not joining the climate movement.
— Joe Telford (@JTridesVB) February 7, 2020
Stunning , brave.
— Iain (@Numinis) February 7, 2020
This is peak Wokeness.
— Ghosty Boy (@GhostyBoy) February 7, 2020
Cancel climate change. https://t.co/97d4H7qXOB
— Holden (@Holden114) February 7, 2020
Just to be safe.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH thank you for making my day. This is so stupid its almost unbelievable.
— Bernard_T_ Britz (@BernardBritz) February 7, 2020
Vice is overwhelmingly shite. So I walked away.
— Lord Muckington (@LordMuckington) February 7, 2020