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The perception that people of color don’t care about the environment has existed for a long time, and has been debunked for just as long. We can go back to [historian] W.E.B. DuBois, whose 1898 study on Philadelphia looked at the housing and health conditions of African Americans. People have described it as a sociological study, but if you read it, it is an environmental study, if ever there was one. He looked at the environmental conditions of these communities, but he linked them with social inequality and justice issues.

Before that, look at Harriet Tubman. We tend to think of her as someone only successful on the Underground Railroad, but to be that successful she was steeped in environmental and ecological knowledge. She knew the Chesapeake Bay so well that the U.S. military used her at the head of their ships to identify landmines the Confederates had laid in the water and identified them based off what she understood about disturbances in the water.

Slaves depended on ecological knowledge and were extremely effective at it — they used it to survive slavery. So the notion that we don’t care or know about the environment is just a fallacy.

— Dorceta Taylor, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and also the first African-American woman to earn a PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

—   Read my interview with Dorceta Taylor here.

“Lucy’s broad appeal was evident in the demographic breakdown. Studio research showed that males and females were evenly split 50/50 (that’s a big female share for the action genre) and turnout across all races was strong. 65% was non-white. Age-wise it skewed older with a very high 65% being over 25. Angelina Jolie has been the only woman in Hollywood who consistently was bankable as an action lead in all projects. ScarJo sells and is now ready to take the baton.”

Green 2.0: Enviromental groups are still struggling with how to diversify their ranks. The new report, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations,” released today, is the most comprehensive study on diversity in the environmental movement.

House of Carters

A modest proposal: Side Dick
So, this is no longer gonna happen … but what it represents is still gonna happen.

So, this is no longer gonna happen … but what it represents is still gonna happen.

cerealcommas:

I mean, honestly.


Well they also spell R&B as “R. & B.” — spaces and all — so there’s that.

cerealcommas:

I mean, honestly.

Well they also spell R&B as “R. & B.” — spaces and all — so there’s that.

(via theawl)