The Whiteness of Green

The division is almost stifling. It would be very easy to locate the difference in political agendas and visions. After all, activists tend to keep their message to the straight and narrow in order to keep their movement on task. But there is something more than stark differences in politics. The makeup of many environmental organizations–in terms of staff or and vision–remains devoid of any real analysis or acknowledgement of colonialism, racism, or other forms of oppression. There is a general assumption in the environmental movement that there is a homogenous group of humans who exploit the environment, yet environmentalists work without an understanding of the power relations inherent in the legacy of colonialism and racism. With this absence comes a complete silencing of a more¬†complex analysis and understanding of environmentalism and environmental justice.

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