Black people may not buy into the more expensive and labor-intensive aspects of the environmentalism fad, but they're certainly familiar with most aspects of it. Our communities generally have less discretionary income than our white counterparts, so before anyone made it trendy, you could find us often:
- Taking the bus or carpooling
- Biking or walking
- Shopping at yard sales, thrift stores and Goodwill
- Turning off the lights in rooms we're not in
- Waiting until it's absolutely unbearable before we turn on the A/C or heat
- Turning off the water while we brush our teeth
- Reusing containers, bags and boxes (even if we don't immediately have a use for them)
- Growing our own fresh fruits and vegetables in our gardens
Yes, you'll rarely see us buying a Prius, changing out our incandescents for CFLs bulbs, or creating a compost heap, but that is due more toward economics and access than it's due to ethnic culture. I won't even acknowledge that comment about older generations not caring about the environment. Older generations practically invented conservation.
I'm happy to see this video series continue, but it really exposes a disconnect within our community as to "who we are" versus "who the rest of the world keeps insisting we are." And that's remarkably sad. Especially coming from people who seem to take great pride in their education and awareness.
And why were so many Americans against Obama's efforts to take action in Syria? Oh, I forgot. Because they're not paying attention to what's going on at all. That, and they care more about their reputation in the eyes of the ignorant than actually seeing an end to so much needless destruction.
It's better to question the motives of the US government in wanting to help people than to actually pay attention and learn why helping those people matters more than idiots who claimed it was "just another war where we did belong" and any involvement would be "like how it was in Vietnam." Short-sighted, foolish, selfish. That's all the response I saw clutter my internet feeds for 2 weeks last August/September 2013.
I literally saw a banner in D.C. that called for "Peace in Syria" when Obama proposed getting US military intervention in the slaughter of thousands of Syrian women and children. Little did those people know that there hasn't been peace in Syria in over 3 years. If I wasn't surprised at all by people's ignorance, I'd be disgusted right now.
But please, go back to talk about the Grammy's, Beiber's arrest, and Miley's tongue.
Temps below 18°F leave me feeling in need of a hot chocolate and a nice book. Note: Right now, it's 11°F outside. ::shudder::
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