Monday, March 17, 2008

"The Unbearable Whiteness of Green"

Mr. Obama's astounding speech on race yesterday gave me the opportunity to use this interesting bit from the Seattle Times about the homogeneity of race and class in the environmental movement:
"The Prius people, the polar-bear crowd are great...We're not mad at them. We like them! At the same time, if the only people who can participate are the kind who can afford to put solar panels on their second home, the green movement is going to be too small to fix the problem. If we want to beat global warming, there's no way to do it without helping a lot of poor people. If you design a solution that does not do that, it's a solution that's too timid."
Mr. Obama spoke about the issues that face us all and the need to rise above traditional divisions in order to address them:
We need to come together to solve a set of monumental problems – two wars, a terrorist threat, a falling economy, a chronic health care crisis and potentially devastating climate change; problems that are neither black or white or Latino or Asian, but rather problems that confront us all.
Emphasis mine.

Because life can't just be good for us any longer. We can't just go on feeling smug with our 100 percent post-consumer diapers and our organic milk lattes. It will not work, and it will not accomplish anything. The shit is hitting the fan, folks, and time is running out to do something about it. Electing a president who gets that would be a good start.

With Bill Richardson as Secretary of the Interior. What do you think?

2 comments:

be said...

amor sceleratus habendi

Ron K. said...

Yes, Mr. Richardson would be a competent Secretary of the Interior.

As a Republican, I would vote for Mr. Obama after a full vetting and affirmation that he is of sound mind and of ethical character.