The Guardian on Extinction Rebellion: “all I see is white faces”

Extinction Rebellion, ‘swarming roadblocks’. DAVID HOLT [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to a black member of Extinction Rebellion, the movement he supports is too white.

When I look at Extinction Rebellion, all I see is white faces. That has to change

Athian Akec
Sat 19 Oct 2019 16.00 AEDT

XR must realise its lack of diversity, middle-class image and glamorisation of arrest puts young black and brown people off.

Some Extinction Rebellion activists present climate warming as a disaster waiting to happen. But for my cousins in the global south, the dystopian future has already arrived. A staggering 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing hunger caused by low rainfall. Deadly tropical diseases are spreading more easily as the climate warms, and 780,000 people a year are dying in Africa because of air pollution. But for many black inner-city teenagers like me, the climate change movement conjures up nothing but apathy. Last week, beneath the cloudy skies of north-west London, I asked some of my comprehensive school classmates what they thought about Extinction Rebellion. One answered flatly: “What’s that?”

The short, frank answer is that the tactics of Extinction Rebellion are designed by and for middle-class, white Britain. Their central rhetoric about a dystopian future fails to cut through for those of us already faced with a nightmarish present, surrounded by poverty and austerity.

Meanwhile, the tactic of being purposely arrested strikes an uncomfortable note for many people of colour, given the adverse experiences people in my community have had with the police. The climate movement’s failure to stand in solidarity with our political struggles adds to this sense of disconnect.

One friend of mine was stop-and-searched by the police 12 times last year. When I told him that the Extinction Rebellion protesters were purposefully getting themselves arrested, he rolled his eyes in sheer irritation. “That’s not an option for black people,” he said, adding that if he was arrested, the police would undoubtedly treat him differently, and his future career prospects might also be destroyed. The tactic of deliberately seeking arrest has further alienated disenfranchised communities like mine who, across generations, have had bad experiences with the police.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/19/extinction-rebellion-white-faces-diversity

Athian might be right that climate activism is mostly a club for rich white kids, but I suspect the apathy is a lot more widespread than Athian realises. There are plenty of white people who think the climate crisis is a joke.

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Patrick MJD
October 21, 2019 6:11 am

“Some Extinction Rebellion activists present climate warming as a disaster waiting to happen. But for my cousins in the global south, the dystopian future has already arrived. A staggering 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing hunger caused by low rainfall.”

Not according to the people I know who actually live there. What they see is ever increases in prices of basic food stuffs, like teff in Ethiopia, that is rising BECAUSE of the threat of climate change propagated by alarmists in the west.

What is happening in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia is nothing to do with climate change. Warlords, politicians and the UN would be better candidates to carry that blame.

Big T
Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 21, 2019 7:16 am

Ditto on the UN, as with the Tutsis and Hutus. Romero Dalliare would second that. The UN is a paper tiger with billions of dollars budget and does very little.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Big T
October 21, 2019 8:47 am

I don’t know I am sure that those working in the UN are prospering nicely. Now, bureaucrats and their minions,living in luxury, might seem like very little to you but for them it is quite a lot.

The Question all the citizens of the world need to ask themselves is where do all those billions end up? We need to start searching through off shore bank accounts and we will likely find most of it.

I am still trying to figure out what all that stimulus money “I guess shovel ready wasn’t so shovel ready after all. Yuck, yuck.” stimulated. It went somewhere but where? Where did it all go? Hmmm.

Steve Reddish
Reply to  Bill Powers
October 21, 2019 9:40 am

A huge chunk of that money went into supporting city governments that were going broke under Democrat control, enabling those governments to maintain bloated staff numbers.

SR

Thomas Englert
Reply to  Steve Reddish
October 22, 2019 3:56 pm

The Obama stimulus money went to cities to insure no layoffs for police, firemen, and teachers, which I suppose is good, but the Democrats main rationale was to keep union dues up along with the large donations they were getting. This is just my interpretation, I don’t have any citations.

Greg
Reply to  Bill Powers
October 21, 2019 1:04 pm

The UN can not be trusted to deliver a bit food aid. What the hell is going to happen if we give them the $100 billion per year EVERY YEAR which they are demanding.

Just remember all UN officials have full diplomatic immunity from presecution everywhere in the world. What could possibly go wrong with that combination. $100 billion per year + immunity.

David
Reply to  Greg
October 21, 2019 10:37 pm

Yay! Communism, and we are paying for the privilege!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bill Powers
October 21, 2019 5:21 pm

“Bill Powers October 21, 2019 at 8:47 am

I don’t know I am sure that those working in the UN are prospering nicely. Now, bureaucrats and their minions,living in luxury, might seem like very little to you but for them it is quite a lot.”

True.

“The Question all the citizens of the world need to ask themselves is where do all those billions end up?”

The rich few in poor countries.

David
Reply to  Bill Powers
October 21, 2019 10:45 pm

Not to me.
Probably right into the intelligence agencies.

griff
Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 21, 2019 9:03 am

https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/ethiopia-agriculture-sector-hrp-afar-region-monthly-dashboard-october-2019

‘The devastating impact on agriculture following consecutive years of drought in Ethiopia is undisputed.’

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 9:55 am

Drought+famines have been a part of Ethiopia for millennia.
Ethiopian Drought has Nothing to do with CO2. Zero. Only the gullible believe one drought period is due to CO2 in a region long experienced with drought and resulting famines. To believe the current drought is due the climate gods being unhappy with fossil fuel burning is like believing in magic
Ethiopians actually have evolved unique energy metabolisms to deal with long periods of low calorie intake. It why the best marathon runners consistently come from that region.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
October 21, 2019 12:15 pm

But Grift typically wants to prostitute that fact to further his narrative.

Which is a low-life thing to do.

Greg
Reply to  Joel Snider
October 21, 2019 1:06 pm

I can remember in 70s continual images of staving children and appeals for money for Ethiopian famine. That was whem climatologists were warning of the coming ice age !!

David Yaussy
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 9:59 am

As long as I can recall (since late 60’s), periodic multi-year drought has been a problem in Ethiopia. If the Bible is historically accurate, predicting 7 years of famine from the Pharoah’s dream got Joseph promoted to prime minister, and its occurrence re-united him with his family. I assume that famine, presumably caused by drought in that area, wasn’t a result of excessive greenhouse gases.

James Schrumpf
Reply to  David Yaussy
October 24, 2019 1:11 am

Heck, wikipedia’s article on “Famines in Ethiopia”starts in the 9th C.

BobM
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 10:11 am

“Consecutive years of drought” causes a “devastating impact”??? Consecutive years of drought can, and does, happen ANYWHERE. That’s why humans build infrastructure to survive what Mother Nature throws at them.

Further in the article linked it discusses just that:
“The establishment of feed banks (concentrate and/or fodder production and storage), especially irrigated fodder production along river areas in Afar regions, will enhance the resilience of these communities to future shocks and provide means for local production and storage of emergency livestock feed.

The sector recommends implementing other resilience-building activities such as seed banks, water harvesting and rehabilitation of water points (bore holes, shallow wells, ponds, water cistern, small irrigation schemes).

No mention of climate change, nor does “consecutive years of drought” warrant any.

john harmsworth
Reply to  BobM
October 21, 2019 1:23 pm

Foreign aid and modern medicine have enabled an explosion of population that has outstripped increases in food production. Nigeria is projected to hit 1 billion population before the end of the century. Global agricultural production has increased tremendously but it has it’s limits.
CO2 doesn’t cause people to breed. It does cause people to live longer. Is that a bad thing?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  john harmsworth
October 21, 2019 5:24 pm

All very true.

TitusAlone
Reply to  john harmsworth
October 21, 2019 10:10 pm

Good point, John H. The increase in population, without an equivalent increase in arable land and farming, leads to famine. If it were simply climate change – a world wide unstoppable force – then why is there no famine in China? For centuries China endured regular episodes of famine, and episodes of uncontrolled population growth, but the current Chinese govt put a firm stop to that. I do not defend their methods. But, the results speak for themselves.

John
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 10:48 am

Live Aid/ Band Aid in the 1980’s was undertaken to relieve famine in Ethiopia, which was “on a biblical scale” according to the BBC news reports at the time.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  John
October 21, 2019 9:47 pm

Yes it is true. However, the BBC Reports at the time showed a region that is hot and arid, just add drama to the story. My first wife lived through that period.

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 12:01 pm

There are 14 climate regions in Ethiopia:
-Monsoon
-Savanna
-Hot desert
-Hot semi-arid
-Cold semi-arid
-Hot-summer Mediterranean
-Warm-summer Mediterranean
-Humid subtropical
-Subtropical highland
-Cold subtropical highland
-Humid subtropical
-Oceanic
-Sub-polar oceanic
-Tundra

Seems like there is plenty of room for huge variability considering the juxtaposition of so many climate types.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d0/K%C3%B6ppen_climate_types_of_Ethiopia.svg

MarkW
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 12:01 pm

In griff’s “mind”, if it’s bad, it was caused by CO2.
Who cares if it’s happened hundreds of times before. This time it was caused by CO2.

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 4:32 pm

griff was still maintaining that California was the midst of a permanent drought when the entire state was drought-free.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  griff
October 21, 2019 5:18 pm

Well done Griff. Another spectacular BS article post by you. The biggest hydro-dam in Africa being built in Ethiopia is going to settle most of that in a big way by providing power and water management.

And I will repeat the biggest hurdle to food shortages is cost, warlords, politicians and the UN not lack of water or drought.

Chaswarnertoo
Reply to  griff
October 22, 2019 5:46 am

Do you ever understand anything?

Hot under the collar
Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 21, 2019 6:07 pm

The comments about the dystopian future already arriving is nonsense, but there is certainly a point about the lack of diversity and middle class image. One reason for this may be because XR mimics a white colonial religious cult preaching to the undeveloped world that they are not allowed to reap the benefits of fossil fuels to develop.

In fact, some of them wearing Whiteface, Red or Green Robes and hoods just amplifies the White religious cult impression. I suppose they chose Red because White Robes and Hoods wouldn’t have been very politically correct.

John McClure
October 21, 2019 6:22 am

Yikes!

ER is yet another failing Cult of confusion. It was born from the Occupy nonsense and is nothing more than a study of greed in the hands of activist theorists.

If you want to address water management and hunger then implement solutions. You’ll never find solutions in a cult no matter how ethnically diverse.

Reply to  John McClure
October 21, 2019 6:59 am

‘Playing’ with one of the “Seven Deadlies” is bound to have -wait for it- ‘deadly’ consequences. Quid nomen tuum?

John McClure
Reply to  _Jim
October 21, 2019 7:55 am

Agree, absolute Theater of the Absurd corrupts the “weak of mind”.

Bob Greene
Reply to  _Jim
October 21, 2019 8:47 am

quid nomen tuum est?

Reply to  Bob Greene
October 21, 2019 9:33 am

Literally: “What’s in a name”.

The Seven Deadlies, named for a reason: a pronounced cause-effect relationship.

John the Econ
October 21, 2019 6:23 am

Once again proving that if “white privilege” really is a thing, it’s practiced exclusively by well-off Progressive social elites.

October 21, 2019 6:24 am

The climate change movement is racism all the way down to the bone. It’s a racist enterprise pls see

https://tambonthongchai.com/2019/10/14/racism/

Matthew Sykes
October 21, 2019 6:24 am

So far as I can tell every working class white guy thinks it is a crock too.

commieBob
October 21, 2019 6:25 am

There are plenty of white people who think the climate crisis is a joke.

I just had lunch with a group of retired engineers. None of them thought climate change was a problem.

On the other hand, one of the neighborhood widow ladies thinks the climate is a big problem. She also thinks Deepak Chopra is profound.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  commieBob
October 21, 2019 12:06 pm

If your “science” teacher wears a crystal medallion, switch classes.

watermelonsonacid
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
October 21, 2019 5:22 pm

Nicholas and if your “science” (or any) teacher wears a green plasticine type medallion, switch schools, or even countries!

Scissor
October 21, 2019 6:26 am

Perhaps Justin Trudeau can join them.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Scissor
October 21, 2019 7:14 am

+10

Troe
Reply to  Scissor
October 21, 2019 7:17 am

Best wishes to Canadians that he ends up on the “ash heap of history”

MarkG
Reply to  Troe
October 21, 2019 11:11 am

Hope so. I just went and voted against him.

If, God forbid, he wins, I’ll be voting to secede, too. We can’t continue being ruled over by Ontario liberals who have no idea about life outside Toronto.

Though, let’s be fair: no-one could claim that Blackface Trudeau is too white.

John Endicott
Reply to  MarkG
October 22, 2019 7:11 am

Bad news is tru-dope won re-election. Your country has our condolences.

Troe
October 21, 2019 6:28 am

Going for the brass ring of victim hood isn’t he. Try being a person rather than a skin tone. Of course you’ll have to compete based on results. Maybe knowing yourself as you do the whining course is better for you.

Sunny
October 21, 2019 6:28 am

Yet its never spoken about in the west: seems the white man is to busy to care 😐 I wonder how many millions or billions are needed for the rain to fall?

But for my cousins in the global south, the dystopian future has already arrived. A staggering 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing hunger caused by low rainfall. Deadly tropical diseases are spreading more easily as the climate warms, and 780,000 people a year are dying in Africa because of air pollution.

Redge
Reply to  Sunny
October 21, 2019 7:39 am

Famine in Ethiopia is nothing new

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famines_in_Ethiopia

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  Redge
October 21, 2019 9:11 am

Nor are pandemics, there have been 4 Flu pandemics since the 19th century. Seven global cholera pandemics. Then the 14th century Black Death, and earlier the Plague of Justinian and the Plague of Galen killed up to 300 million between them. The earliest recorded epidemic happened in 450BC thought to be typhus. Modern transport will aid the spread of disease real or imagined climate change is not a factor.

Dr. Deanster
Reply to  Redge
October 21, 2019 9:45 am

I’m having flashbacks to Sam Kinison .. 1984 comedy

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x36me4z

MarkG
Reply to  Redge
October 21, 2019 11:18 am

And, if I remember correctly, the population of Ethopia is now more than twice what it was when ‘Band Aid’ was all the rage. So they need a lot more food than they used to.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  MarkG
October 21, 2019 12:17 pm

I wonder how much food aid the money XR spends on protests and such could have bought?
30 years ago, people with a burning desire to make a difference organized clean-ups, volunteered to go help some people somewhere, raised money and organized aid convoys…
Now they glue themselves to streets and proclaim themselves the saviors of the planet, but never let it interfere with lengthy vacations involving intercontinental air travel.
The have entire cities of people glowering in huge traffic jams, and think this helps…what?
Overthrow the patriarchy?

Andrew Dickens
Reply to  Sunny
October 21, 2019 9:13 am

Population growth is the problem, exacerbated at times by drought. Population of Ethiopia 1984: 34 million (they couldn’t feed themselves then, hence “Feed the World”). Population of Ethiopia now: 108 million. 10 million of them on permanent food aid. Population still increasing by 3% a year, so doubling every 24 years. Similar problems all over sub-Saharan Africa.

XR and their friends should get real.

watermelonsonacid
Reply to  Andrew Dickens
October 21, 2019 5:40 pm

Andrew Dickens I beleive Ethiopia (and indeed much of Africa and the developing/impoverished world) remains poor primarily because of corrupt/failed leadership/ideology . Note, Canada is mostly frigid and Australia is mostly arid. Canada and Australia were doing fine until the loonies started their march through the institutions starting in the lates 60s and accelerating this through the eighties. People caved in to their theatrics and shouting/abuse. The XR types of the west seem hellbent on having us join the ranks of the failed states.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Sunny
October 21, 2019 12:10 pm

Let us please see the medical chart of a single one of the 780,000 people who have died in the past year of “air pollution”.

JohnB
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
October 21, 2019 5:35 pm

Lung disease from smoke inhalation. Cooking over cow dung fires does that.

Hivemind
Reply to  Sunny
October 22, 2019 2:39 am

Sunny, by “air pollution”, I take it you mean what you get when you burn dung inside a mud hut with no ventilation?

David
October 21, 2019 6:29 am

You’re in England, stupid.
NonWhites don’t give a shit about climate change, they think it’s a joke.

Bruce Cobb
October 21, 2019 6:48 am

Wow, so many delusions, so little time. If Athian had any brains at all, he’d be opposing not just XR, but the CAGW Cause itself. None of it is about the environment, and despite its’ claims to the contrary, the Cause only hurts the poor and the downtrodden. These folks want to destroy modern civilization, replacing it with repression on a world-wide basis, causing untold human misery, fear, and death, particularly among the poor.

Jeff Alberts
October 21, 2019 6:53 am

“Deadly tropical diseases are spreading more easily as the climate warms”

These are the kinds of things that go unchallenged in the media and daily life. There is no basis in fact for the claim, yet people who want to believe it, will. They’ll use it as another talking point of the thousands that are simply false.

October 21, 2019 6:54 am

re: “all I see is white faces. ”

Not a big “first whirled” problem; Justin Trudeau has shown us the ‘way’ – go in blackface

wolfman1
October 21, 2019 6:59 am

The previous thread on XR and heteronormativity says it all. The XR movement is really about (self)hatred of the European culture. All is the fault of colonialism and capitalism, and the rejection of Western (perceived) cultural superiority. There are, indeed, many sins committed in the name of Manifest Destiny and the like–but every other cultural tradition has their own similar set of sins. Read about the true meaning of the Caste system in India, the slaving in Islamic cultures, the slavery in Native American culture, and similar issues everywhere. The overwhelming guilt imbibed by modern Westerners is tragic, because it cripples attempts at progress and gives no credit for the many positive gifts of Western Civilization (and other civilizations) and of capitalism. The modern system has extended life spans, dramatically reduced the number of people in poverty and given mankind the opportunity to create a more just and humane world. Nevertheless, these radicals want to put on sack cloth and ashes and to take us back to a time when those problems dominated human life–when mere survival consumed nearly all of the efforts of the vast majority of men and women.

Technology will never solve the problems of happiness and self realization, but we are on the cusp of having the resources for people to escape want and ignorance; and the radicals seem intent on throwing that away.

BCBill
Reply to  wolfman1
October 21, 2019 9:37 am

Nicely put!

Dr. Deanster
Reply to  wolfman1
October 21, 2019 9:51 am

This seems to be a common them around White European Liberal thought. Self loathing.

In the States, Whites are cast as the evil incarnate … leftists who’ve accepted this are forgiven, everyone else is on a blob sled to hell.

Ron Long
October 21, 2019 7:02 am

ER is just the latest playground for spoiled children. There has been a never-ending parade of causes, really gaining attention in the Vietnam protests (which stopped as soon as a draft lottery system went into place, kind of telling, huh?). If there is a drought somewhere there is a flood somewhere else, natural systems here on earth are quite chaotic. It does appear to me that things are getting worse, the attitude of a lot of earth citizens seems to be if you don’t like the election results destroy the winners, if you don’t like the weather protest for the weather you think you like, if you don’t have something someone else has it for sure is because they cheated the system and you are therefore entitled to steal or destroy it.

ResourceGuy
October 21, 2019 7:03 am

That’s where paid protesting comes in with Soros money.

ozspeaksup
October 21, 2019 7:07 am

might also be because the poorer black peoples are too busy trying to survive over mindless protests?
been some huge rains down sth african sudan etc things might change for a yr or two food supply wise
if they dont have another war/genocide/dictatorship etc

someone oughta tell that kids theyve been dying by the 100s of thousands since(and before) I remember reading about it as a kid in the 70s
back then it was biafrans and ethiopians
and EXr wants em all dead if he cared to read the manifesto

Petit_Barde
October 21, 2019 7:09 am

So every bad thing on the planet has to be blamed on climate change :
– floods, droughts, illness, poverty, pollution, wars, racism.

But reading Akec’s sharticle, it appears clearly that the worst impact of global warming is mental illness and climate clownery, and it is way worse than I thought.

Rod Evans
Reply to  Petit_Barde
October 21, 2019 7:36 am

Hey Petit, you missed out strong hurricane winds and windless periods. Plus sea level rise and coral bleaching plus Algol blooms and extinction of polar bears not to mention walruses that think they are lemmings because there are too many extinct polar bears roaming about making them jump of the cliffs.
In other news, it is claimed Brexit is stopping the EU resolving climate change. Just when you think it can’t get any dafter along come the EU.

Petit_Barde
Reply to  Rod Evans
October 21, 2019 9:06 am

Sea level is falling along the coast near Stockholm :
– Greta could blame this to climate change too.

http://www.climate4you.com/images/Stockholm-NEW.gif

🙂

Stephen Skinner
Reply to  Petit_Barde
October 21, 2019 12:19 pm

Thats isostatic rebound. Sweden is rising

Redge
October 21, 2019 7:40 am

Famine in Ethiopia is nothing new

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Famines_in_Ethiopia

RockyRoad
October 21, 2019 7:42 am

Here’s the perfect solution: All the white members of Extinction Rebellion can quit!

Problem solved!

Rich Davis
Reply to  RockyRoad
October 21, 2019 9:23 am

It would be their solemn duty to climate diversity

observa
October 21, 2019 7:43 am

Just a thought but perhaps half of them could don blackface to show real empathy for people of colour? Otherwise these whiteys climbing on trains and gluing themselves to roads in peak hour lacks true cultural awareness and coloured folk might feel disenfranchised by it. Some rainbowface would definitely help with the inclusivity here and they’ve got a child in Greta for some face painting fun to entice the kiddies along so they don’t appear ageist. Speaking of ageism I’d ditch that Fonda woman with her attitude and they don’t want women working out at home if the Revolution’s to ever get off the yoga mat-
https://www.newbeauty.com/blog/dailybeauty/11760-anti-aging-tips-jane-fonda/

Bob Greene
October 21, 2019 8:49 am

When all else fails, play the race card

Bruce Cobb
October 21, 2019 9:01 am

That’s funny, when I look at Extinction Rebellion, all I see are clueless, self-obsessed, moronic, brainwashed faces.

n.n
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 21, 2019 9:34 am

Exactly. Judge ER by the content of their character, on the content of their message. There is no need to indulge in diversity in order to criticize them. In fact, that is one step forward, two steps backward.

MarkG
Reply to  n.n
October 21, 2019 11:12 am

Never interrupt the left when they’re eating their own.

They’re the ones who whine about ‘diversity’ all the time, so they should be whining about how non-‘diverse’ these ‘protestors’ are.

beng135
October 21, 2019 9:07 am

all I see is white faces

Well then, the cultural marxists’ solution to that will be a new program — The ExtinCtion Rebellion Affirmative Action Plan — CRAP

Joel Snider
October 21, 2019 9:30 am

Why is it that whites seem to be the only ethnic group that cannot be tolerated?

Bigotry is bigotry.

n.n
October 21, 2019 9:31 am

I see colorful clumps of cells… I mean, people… persons.

The Guardian of “too many white girls from next door in the Olympics” fame is a known diversitist organization. We should be wary of indulging their bigotry. Diversity (i.e. color judgment) breeds adversity.

accordionsrule
October 21, 2019 9:52 am

They don’t care if a minority gets arrested and loses their job, just as long as they get their poster child.

David S
October 21, 2019 10:41 am

Well maybe the black people are smart enough to not fall for it.

n.n
Reply to  David S
October 21, 2019 11:12 am

That’s a prejudiced observation. According to statisticians, we should reasonably expect that an equal proportion of each color class to be believers and skeptics. Any disproportion is evidence of diversity (e.g. racism, sexism), perhaps untoward privilege.

DaveKeys
October 21, 2019 11:09 am

Liberalism is a white western religion. White liberals see themselves as superior to all others. They see themselves as fighters, fighting for the poor, the white working class, the Blacks, Asians, Muslims and women. White people are expected to live to the high standards set by white liberals. Blacks, Asians are not as advanced as us white folk so they are not expected to live to these high ideals.

The are the real white supremacists.

MarkG
Reply to  DaveKeys
October 21, 2019 11:48 am

“The are the real white supremacists.”

Seriously. They believe they were ordained by Gaia to tell black and brown people how to live their lives. It’s the modern ‘White Man’s Burden’.

The same people would probably whine about ‘White Saviour Syndrome’ if they read a book where a white person is responsible for saving brown people who somehow can’t save themselves.

PaulH
October 21, 2019 11:25 am

It a certain level, it is about white supremacy (a team I loathe). Heck, look at Greta and her handlers, and their assorted worshipers: they are already very wealthy, healthy and privileged, and living in luxurious first world conditions. What they demand are restrictions on energy use in developing and struggling countries, preventing them from ever attaining the first world luxuries the XR crowd take for granted.

yirgach
October 21, 2019 11:35 am

All I saw were brown faces, all the white people were in offices

Comment from a German hotel worker on the food service people they saw when vacationing in NYC.

I’m currently traveling in Northern Italy and hear a lot of this stuff. Tried to explain that this is the kind of job people can expect when they emigrate to any new country and try to integrate, learn the language, skills, etc.
Those that don’t should not expect a large social safety net.

This seems to be a very hard concept for some EU citizens to comprehend. They also believe that global warming is human caused, we are doomed and that Trump is insane. I pointed out the basic facts about CO2 and also that Trump is not a politician, he cannot be bought and is also anti-war. So he quickly became an enemy of the Deep State.

This kind of information seems to cause a great deal of Cognitive Dissonance and mental sputtering.

Nicholas McGinley
October 21, 2019 12:03 pm

“…those of us already faced with a nightmarish present, surrounded by poverty and austerity.”
This person would do themselves a big favor to acquire some education as to the source of the wealth and prosperity the world has enjoyed since the industrial revolution.
It is all the result of inexpensive energy.
Given this, his adherence to a cult whose goal is to make energy more expensive, and in such short supply only the elite few will have access to any, is arguably an institutionalized form of suicidal ideation.
Last time I checked, being a willing participant in mass hysteria is not a prescription for economic prosperity.
The goal of the movement he has joined is depopulation and impoverishment and the end of industrialized civilization.
It is becoming clear that entire generations are not being educated, they are being programmed and indoctrinated, their heads filled with lies and disinformation, and they have been taught to not think, only to believe and recite.

fretslider
October 21, 2019 12:21 pm

XR just go from one cock-up to the next; the failed attempt to spray the Treasury building red, the badly misjudged tube protest, and now…

Today they’re outside the Department for Education asking teachers to indoctrinate kids with their anti-scientific conspiracy theories…

Unfortunately for wonks at the Adam Smith Institute, their office directly overlooks the protest. To get their own back for having their work disrupted, the ASI team took to blasting music out at the protesters- starting off with ‘People Will Always Need Coal’ by Public Service Broadcasting, before moving on to ‘Rule Britannia’.

It wasn’t long before Extinction Rebellion asked the ASI to stop disrupting their protest…

ASI promptly responded by ignoring their complaints and continuing to blast their tunes, including ‘Money’ by That Poppy and The Beatles’ ‘Taxman’. They’re still blaring music, so get your requests in now…

https://order-order.com/2019/10/21/asi-give-extinction-rebellion-protesters-taste-medicine/

Michael Jankowski
October 21, 2019 12:27 pm

Whites seeking environmental and climate justice on behalf of people they believe to be too ignorant and too stupid to know what they should be fighting for.

Stephen Skinner
October 21, 2019 12:28 pm

Thats isostatic rebound. Sweden is rising

Stephen Skinner
October 21, 2019 12:29 pm

Does this count as ‘White male privilege’?
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There many more like this.

Dave O.
October 21, 2019 12:33 pm

The Sahara desert is “greening” from CO2. Apparently, nobody in Africa is smart enough to take advantage of this.

Dodgy Geezer
October 21, 2019 12:51 pm

All I can see there is people who know what sex they are. Surely this is hugely insulting and offensive to the Qwerty mob?

I would be much more impressed if they refused donations from white multi-millionaires….

Pumpsump
October 21, 2019 2:50 pm

Looks like the Guardian are letting XR hang out to dry, because they are clearly failing and just annoying people. The tag of ‘whites only’ liberal left elite hung over them is a way to torpedo, even punish XR for making such a mons of it. The BBC now seen to be ignoring them rather than the exceedingly gentle reporting they have received up til very recently.

Steve Z
October 21, 2019 2:54 pm

Ethiopia and Somalia are on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, and have always had a hot, dry climate. When they had low populations, they could survive on fishing in the Red Sea or Indian Ocean, but the fish populations have not multiplied in proportion to the human population of those countries, and agriculture is difficult in a dry climate.

Kenya is on the northern edge of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where a band of rainy weather moves northward (over Kenya) in the Northern Hemisphere summer and southward (away from Kenya) in winter. There are some large lakes in Kenya from which farmers could draw water in dry years, if an irrigation system was in place.

Even global-warming scare-mongers believe that increasing CO2 concentrations cause more warming in high latitudes than in tropical areas like Ethiopia and Kenya, so it’s difficult to blame declining rainfall in those countries on CO2. Has Athian actually traveled to East Africa to report on the climate there, or is he relying on the BBC?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Steve Z
October 21, 2019 10:20 pm

Good post. Ethiopia is land-locked and the only way to the Red sea is through Eritrea, and that won’t happen. Lake Tana is huge and very fertile. A big problem in Ethiopia is transport.

john
October 21, 2019 3:28 pm

Swedish Armed Forces kill Taggen wind farm

https://www.4coffshore.com/news/swedish-armed-forces-kill-taggen-wind-farm-nid14328.html

Vattenfall and Wallenstam have stopped the development of the Taggen offshore wind farm located 12 km outside Sölvesborg, Sweden. The project development was brought to a halt due the fact that the Swedish Armed Forces said no to it.

MarkW
Reply to  john
October 21, 2019 5:01 pm

When you said that the Swedish armed forces killed a wind farm, I was hoping it involved extensive use of high explosives.

JohnB
October 21, 2019 5:48 pm

He might change his tune if he realised that those dying from “pollution” are dying from lung disease caused by cooking over cow dung fires. People like ER want to prevent the creation of power stations to provide the electricity so that people no longer have to die from these diseases.

Note that regardless of the cause, global cooling, acid rain, global warming, climate change, whatever, part of the solution has always been to prevent the third world from developing. (Developing in a way unapproved by the white West that is.)

It follows from their “Sustainability” assumptions. If resources are finite, then the fewer black and brown people there are, the more is left for the greenies white children.

BillJ
October 21, 2019 11:03 pm

” 780,000 people a year are dying in Africa because of air pollution”

Which, of course, has nothing to do with climate change. Which is also a fairly easy and inexpensive (relatively speaking) problem to solve – inexpensive fossil fuel cooking stoves. Or even solar ovens. Anything but what they use now which is extremely dirty.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  BillJ
October 21, 2019 11:49 pm

Anthia clearly hasn’t been to Africa. Most people don’t have a choice, it’s either wood, charcoal, dung, even bitumen. In my time in Ethiopia no household had natural gas or electrically powered cooking facilities. It was usually an open fire pit, or hearth, in a small, roofed, room, usually full of smoke with no flue to take the smoke and fumes out. Some people had kerosene burners with an open flame and no flue to take fumes out of the room being used to cook in, which is usually the same room people sleep and live in.

But then Anthia probably doesn’t cook in her home. I would hazard a guess most of her food would be dialled-in and delivered.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
October 22, 2019 1:11 am

Hoisted on their own PC petard.

They are the bourgeois enemy of working persons.

They deserve…piano wire.

Olen
October 22, 2019 8:29 am

He evidently wants to be an activist in a group that wants arrest but he doesn’t want to be arrested. And the group is too White for him because he prefers more black faces. So whats his problem, move on, find another activity and stop complaining. His concern is in Africa, that should be a clue.

DDP
October 22, 2019 9:10 am

“A staggering 12 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are facing hunger caused by low rainfall. ”

12 million people are facing ‘hunger’? Three equatorial African nations where drought is historically as common as regular low levels of rainfall compared to elsewhere, with a population of approximately 180 million between them. Well colour me concerned /sarc

As for XR being very white, why shouldn’t it be? The majority of the population of the UK is white. XR’s guilt based nonsense is largely being pushed in North America, Europe and Australasia, ergo, nations with a predominantly caucasian population. Given the fact that most of those dumb enough to jump on the death cult are far left anti capitalists, student socialist larpers, middle aged retirees, and brainwashed kids I wouldn’t expect much in the way of ethnic minorities to rush to support this crap as they prioritise going to work, if they didn’t they too would be suffering from ‘hunger’ much like their African brethren.

Gunga Din
October 22, 2019 2:15 pm

According to a black member of Extinction Rebellion, the movement he supports is too white.

Sooo … Extinction Rebellion is a “white supremacist” movement?
Who knew?

Amber
October 23, 2019 3:04 pm

Extinction Rebellion too many white faces ?
That’s because the people of non white color are busy at work .
The whites all go home to their cozy little rooms in their MOM ‘s house
trying to figure out who their DAD’s are .
I’m not sure they are all white supremacists though . It say unhappy and angry
wishing to get attention they never had .
Pissing people off is a sure fired way to get attention and become extinct .

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