Open Democracy: “Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer”

Former Cambridge Isaac Newton Scholar Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to Open Democracy author Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett, racist white people are holding back from committing to climate action, because white people are not suffering the full impact of climate change; though the author also attacks climate activists themselves for being too white.

Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer

If climate change directly affected white Westerners, action would have come quicker.

Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett
1 July 2020

We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, and the science sufficiently clear, to justify a UN treaty on the topic. Yet we’ve only even begun to get our act together in the last five or so years. Why?

Race has justified the systematic exploitation of non-white people and their lands, and continues to disadvantage Black and Brown people through both institutional and individual bias. But it is not the only reason that action on climate change has been slow.

But we rarely talk about the impact of race. The murder of George Floyd, and the wave of protests it has inspired, reminds us how Black and Brown lives are often less valued by those in positions of power. An injustice that stretches far beyond the policing system.

The UK has one of the world’s highest historical CO2 emissions, but has borne almost none of the consequences.

Decolonising climate movements

The climate movement itself has a reputation for being predominantly white. In the West, there is some truth to this, though there are also a range of diverse voices doing fantastic work on the subject. One reason for this is that a lot of Black communities have more immediate struggles to focus on. It can be difficult to focus on the thing that might hurt you tomorrow when there’s something else that might hurt you today. 

Another reason may be the lack of representation in the movement, which reinforces the idea that this is a ‘white’ issue. Many people have simply never thought of climate in relation to race, though this is rapidly changing, and many young activists of colour now consider climate a vital issue.

Read more: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/why-dont-we-take-climate-change-seriously-racism-is-the-answer/

Accusing people opposed to climate action of being racists, without providing evidence to back such a claim, is a pretty nasty thing to do.

Setting aside justifiable outrage at this ugly evidence free generalisation, I was impressed in a purely technical sense at the effort the author made to unify incoherent activist narratives. But you would expect a technically impressive effort from a former Cambridge University Isaac Newton Scholar.

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Chaamjamal
July 2, 2020 6:10 pm

“racist white people are holding back from committing to climate action, because white people are not suffering the full impact of climate change”

Yes sir. Of course. Racism is all over the climate change issue. For one thing, it is a creation of rich white people who have run out of things to worry about.

https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/11/racism-and-climate-change/

G Mawer
Reply to  Chaamjamal
July 2, 2020 6:46 pm

” Accusing people opposed to climate action of being racists, without providing evidence to back such a claim, is a pretty nasty thing to do. ”

I have come to think that the obvious racists are those that bring up the word to lay blame. Pot stirrers!

Reply to  G Mawer
July 2, 2020 8:20 pm

Ah, racism is in the eyes of the beholder, which is why they find it everywhere. If a white person is talking to another white person, the racist will demand to know why he is not talking to a black person, even though no black person is present. Why on earth would a white man marry a white woman unless they were racist. And, the icing on the cake is that, if the white person is indeed talking to a black person, the racist will say that the white person is pandering to the black person and that the black person is an Uncle Tom for even talking to the white person. It’s a no win situation when dealing with a real racist, as everything they see is racist. Even arguing with the racist is racist as why are you not admitting to your sin?

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Charles Higley
July 3, 2020 1:01 am

Oh, it gets better. Many voters rather blindly elected an American president twice, fathered by a black African (a closet bigamist no less, with a Kenyan wife and children) who impregnated a white American college student, so that Barack Obama is quite plainly half white. Yet peculiarly he’s exclusively identified as ‘black’ in that very old segregationist fashion that disregards his entire white ancestry in a single generation. This seems destined to sire a mixed race angst without any promising surgical remedy.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Doc Chuck
July 3, 2020 7:54 am

Jeffery P
Reply to  Doc Chuck
July 3, 2020 3:13 pm

Seems like before he was elected, Obama was biracial, or Post-racial, according to the Marxist media. The day after the election, he became black.

Michael S. Kelly
Reply to  Doc Chuck
July 7, 2020 6:33 pm

I was wondering how long that post would stay up. Despite the fact that it is a parody of the most cartoon-like aspects of black and white “races,” it is, after all, a parody.

I didn’t write it, or perform it. But it is hilarious. Too bad we can’t laugh at anything, any more.

The Depraved and MOST Deploraable Vlad the Impaler
Reply to  Charles Higley
July 3, 2020 8:44 am

Hi, Mr. Higley:

Your phrase, ” … the icing on the cake … ” made me realize that I am, in fact, a bigoted, nasty, awful RACIST in every sense of the word.

For many decades now, I have enjoyed CHOCOLATE cake with WHITE icing, and on rare occasions, WHITE cake with CHOCOLATE icing.

I am at a loss as to how to do penance for my BIGOTED HEINOUS crimes of RACISM, especially since I enjoyed the former on many of my numerous birthdays. I’m open to suggestions on how to pay for my crimes … … …. ……

Vlad

Jeff Alberts

“I’m open to suggestions on how to pay for my crimes ”

Falafel.

MarkG
Reply to  Chaamjamal
July 2, 2020 6:57 pm

I am so damn sick of ‘RACISM!’

You know who’s really racist?

The Chinese.

You know who doesn’t give a damn about ‘Climate Change’?

The Chinese.

You know who’s funding most of these anti-Western ‘Climate Change’ groups?

sycomputing
Reply to  MarkG
July 2, 2020 7:54 pm

You know who’s really racist?

Progressives.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  sycomputing
July 3, 2020 1:03 am

and chinese – you should hear how they talk about Indians and Pakistanis.

asiaseen
Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
July 3, 2020 1:57 pm

and Africans

Megs
Reply to  sycomputing
July 3, 2020 4:32 am

sy, do you think things will get better? Ever? The progressives are firmly entrenched in our neck of the woods. Of course they choose to be progressives because there’s money in it. Our local council has just been awarded 2 million dollars (of taxpayers subsidies) for the new solar farm that has just been approved. Not the first, and more are proposed. Thousands of hectares of renewables will carpet our beautiful countryside and there are no plans for future recycling.

Greed and corruption, you want to know what’s funny, our water is being cut off by this same council at the end of the month. This is having a significant affect on the residents in the street and all I can think about is the overwhelming feeling of the damage that renewables are doing during the mining of multiple materials, their construction and the fact that they will sit in our beautiful countryside when they die. And all for nothing.

Racism has never been on my list of concerns. All people are either good or they’re not, colour isn’t relevant.

kramer
Reply to  MarkG
July 3, 2020 4:14 am

“You know who’s funding most of these anti-Western ‘Climate Change’ groups?”

The Rockefeller foundations have funded many environmental (and other pro-left) NGOs. Same for a lot of other wealthy left-wing foundations.

On one of the Rockefeller pages, it says in a somewhat gloating way (I’m paraphrasing) that ‘they believe they were the catalyst for the environmental movement’

They also seem to have a special interest in China and I believe this ties in with their stances that the west uses too many resources and them pushing/funding NGOs that are trying to lower our lifestyles.

Reply to  kramer
July 3, 2020 4:30 am

OH, the irony of it.

And to think that the Rockefellers acquired all their “billions” via the sales of fossil fuels.

John
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
July 4, 2020 11:26 am

I thought they were saving the whales. So much whale oil…

John Adams
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
July 4, 2020 11:26 am

I thought they were saving the whales. So much whale oil…

Kramer
Reply to  kramer
July 3, 2020 8:18 am

“‘they believe they were the catalyst for the environmental movement’”

Should have said:

“‘they think they [i]might have been[/i] the catalyst for the environmental movement’”

old construction worker
Reply to  kramer
July 4, 2020 2:38 am

Less face it, the The Rockefeller foundation loves the China’s form of government. Total control.

Lorne Newell
Reply to  Chaamjamal
July 2, 2020 8:11 pm

Your second para seems to indicate that climate change is racist. Its not giving the same impact to white people.

G Mawer
Reply to  Lorne Newell
July 2, 2020 9:02 pm

Now, that’s funny right there!

Redge
Reply to  Lorne Newell
July 2, 2020 11:55 pm

CO2 is racist!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Redge
July 3, 2020 2:32 am

Yes often depicted as one “black” atom being squeezed by two “white” atoms.

Ron Long
Reply to  Patrick MJD
July 3, 2020 3:34 am

SNIP! I have snipped myself, knowing what I was wanting to say, and wishing to spare ctm the trauma of snipping me (it would have been the third time and I would have won a prize!) Stay sane and safe.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Patrick MJD
July 3, 2020 3:35 am

Real microagression.

dennisambler
Reply to  Redge
July 3, 2020 3:29 am

As is the corona virus.

huls
Reply to  Redge
July 3, 2020 11:24 am

Everything is racist:
https://youtu.be/Rp1Q-X-M-mI

Neo
Reply to  Chaamjamal
July 3, 2020 11:18 am

The proportion of privileged elites (defined as people of high education and income) has been increasing at a geometric rate, while the proportion of oppressed minorities for them to lead has been decreasing at an arithmetic rate.… As the supply of oppressed minorities was decreasing, the demand for them was increasing… . To justify its aspirations for leadership, therefore, the privileged elite has a vested interest in crying (that society is) foul…Injustice in America grows apparently in direct proportion to efforts to alleviate it…The beauty of the search for the oppressed is that it generates its own growth.

July 2, 2020 6:22 pm

“We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, ”

Yea ? So how come nothing’s happened in 3 decades ?

george Tetley
Reply to  Bob Armstrong
July 3, 2020 1:49 am

I wonder why the climate change crowd have not addressed the problem of cooking with “chit,” in Africa the racest homeland, it’s the done thing ah , l know, it’s not politically correct.

WR2
July 2, 2020 6:26 pm

People have completely lost the ability to think critically, and the result is people blaming everything bad that happens to them (or doesn’t even happen to them) on the boogie man (i.e. climate change and/or white people). It’s almost as if mankind is falling into a second dark age.

Reply to  WR2
July 2, 2020 7:25 pm

Bogeyman or boogeyman.

boogie man is someone who plays old fashioned boogie style music which requires a powerful left hand and is interesting about once a year.

Of course we all know climate change is Trump’s fault … in collusion with Russians and the Bulgarians and variations of extraterrestrial space dust.

Redge
Reply to  Richard Greene
July 2, 2020 11:54 pm

Don’t blame it on the sunshine
Don’t blame it on the moonlight
Don’t blame it on good times
Blame it on the boogieman

David Blenkinsop
Reply to  WR2
July 2, 2020 8:13 pm

It’s just like the Crazy Years that sci Fi writer Robert Heinlein put on his Future History time line.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Eric Worrall
July 3, 2020 11:31 am

Eric, are you related to the Australian geologist(?) Lisa Worrall?

old engineer
Reply to  David Blenkinsop
July 3, 2020 12:36 pm

OMG! I had forgotten about that! I read everything Heinlein wrote when I was I a kid. His future history time line, which provided the background for many of his stories, was classic. Yes, exactly like the Crazy Years. What did he know?

pompeydano
Reply to  WR2
July 2, 2020 9:06 pm

I blame social media. It seems people don’t rationalise critically anymore, preferring to impulsively react to those who subjectively shout from a protective soap-box as loud as possible on the twitter-face. Though it has a use, it seems to me that social media is devoid of any information quality. It’s a mob mentality because we’ve lost the ability to control the speed and quality of how we communicate. There’s no time for reflection….real shame and I can’t see it getting better.

Jeffery P
Reply to  pompeydano
July 3, 2020 3:08 pm

I blame our failed education system. People are admitted to universities without valid evidence they academically fit. Once there, they end up with a useless degree in some sort “studies.”

We have a nation full of college grads with no idea how ignorant they truly are.

PM
Reply to  WR2
July 3, 2020 5:54 am

Amen to that WR2! Besides, if you “think critically” about something, doesn’t that mean you are a defacto racist? sarc….

Robert of Texas
July 2, 2020 6:32 pm

Argh.

Yes, racism is the obvious (non) answer to just about everything certain people want to complain about. Anyone who is skeptical of climate change is obvious a racist. Probably a sexist too. Which would mean no person of color or female can possibly be skeptical because we can’t call them racist of sexist.

I would call the author racist but…no, wait, I AM going to call the author racist! Anyone who has to define their reality by classifying buckets of people based on skin color is a RACIST.

People need to learn to be independent of their hair, eye, and skin color. Do not let people herd you into buckets – you get to decide for yourselves what you want to believe. People need to develop a healthy skepticism as well. Quite believing all this nonsense that people with hidden agendas are telling you.

Don Perry
Reply to  Robert of Texas
July 2, 2020 7:09 pm

Yes, indeed, this guy need look no further for racism than his bathroom mirror.

Graemethecat
Reply to  Robert of Texas
July 3, 2020 1:35 am

A racist is usually someone who has just won an argument with a Leftist.

MarkW
Reply to  Graemethecat
July 3, 2020 2:43 pm

A racist is anyone who dares to disagree with a leftist. In their minds, they never lose arguments. They just decide that you are no longer worth dealing with.

Neo
Reply to  Robert of Texas
July 3, 2020 11:21 am

Crying “Racist” is a POC’s way of saying … “Not my problem”

Jeffery P
Reply to  Robert of Texas
July 3, 2020 3:10 pm

When I was growing up a “color-blind” society was a progressive idea. Now it’s racism. Huh.

Russ Wood
Reply to  Jeffery P
July 6, 2020 8:03 am

Thomas Sowell: “If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labelled a Radical 60 years ago, a Liberal 30 years ago, and a racist today”.

WILLIAM ABBOTT
July 2, 2020 6:38 pm

No one suffers more than Africans from misguided green energy policies. Only 18% of the people of Sub-Saharan Africa have access to any electricity. The remaining 80% aren’t served by safe, reliable, grids. In Kisangani, DRC Congo, I have seen countless exposed electric wires at underground service drops, primary and secondary voltages, where anyone can walk up touch wires and electrocute themselves. Remember people with access to any electricity are the fortunate few. The rest of the area cooks with sticks, charcoal, or if they can afford it, diesel or kerosene. The air pollution in the dwellings is unbearable.

Why? No money, you have 100s of millions of Africans living on less than a dollar a day. Nothing can help lift the Africans out of their dire poverty more than inexpensive, reliable, safe, energy. This guy is advocating policies that will shorten the lives and increase the misery of Africans. He speaks about racism. I am telling you the truth.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  WILLIAM ABBOTT
July 2, 2020 10:15 pm

The problem with Congo is the DRC part.

MarkW
July 2, 2020 7:03 pm

Declaring that anyone who disagrees with them are racist, sexist, whateverist has been the primary weapon of the socialists since the beginning.
They have absolutely convinced themselves that anyone who disagrees with them is evil incarnate, guilty of any and all sins, and must be destroyed thoroughly.

It also doesn’t matter how small the deviation from dogma, all except the pure are to be destroyed.

commieBob
Reply to  MarkW
July 2, 2020 7:58 pm

The education system needs to more properly cover 20th century history. If liberals understood what happened in the Soviet Union, they might be a lot more circumspect. At least Stalin’s show trials had the veneer of legality and due process. What’s going on in America now has no such pretense. The mere accusation of something is enough to get someone fired from everything. An unproven minor thought crime is seen as justification for making it so that someone can’t earn a living. It’s a lot like being sent to Siberia.

The thing is that the victims of the show trials were often those who were formerly considered heroes of the revolution. So, my dear liberal friends, just because you are pure of heart it doesn’t mean you are exempt from some kind of purge or even actual violence.

Reply to  MarkW
July 3, 2020 7:43 am

Open Democracy promotes “free thinking for the world”. What is the difference between thinking and free thinking?

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Curious George
July 3, 2020 9:36 am

George,
“Free thinking” = “agreeing with them”, while anything else is “racist” or evil in some way.

July 2, 2020 7:30 pm

“…incoherent activist narratives” says it all.

Enginer01
July 2, 2020 7:31 pm

When Gore and Hansen first started pushing climate catastrophe, the adherents claimed that increasing heat would kill millions of people. Many articles have pointed out that cold is more of a threat to the poor than heat, and that the majority of elderly are able to hide from the heat effect by air conditioning.
Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett should consider that all the efforts of the Green Gang would lead to immense expense to the poor, driving electrical costs upwards, and lead to millions of deaths from excess heat or cold. These policies are inherently racist. The term used to be “disproportionately hurt the poor.”

Luke
July 2, 2020 7:32 pm

Clearly, racism accounts for differences in IQ between people.

Whoops…

Mike
July 2, 2020 7:34 pm

That’s one confused and deluded dude..

John Robertson
July 2, 2020 8:11 pm

When all you see is racism everywhere,perhaps you are the racist.
That is a modern scholar?
Shut down the institute and burn it.

The “Victim of the day” stakes are pretty low.
What is next?
Participation prizes for brown eye colour?
Takes a mighty small talentless individual to demand praise or condemnation based on the colour of the skin you are born in..
What a life achievement,how accomplished..
How pathetic.

Being a follower of my lying eyes rather than our “trusted media”,I do not buy B.L.M,means what the media keep insisting.
All the evidence points to Burn Loot Murder.
Actions speak a truth no amount of verbiage can bury.

eck
Reply to  John Robertson
July 2, 2020 8:48 pm

Amen to all of the above!! Couldn’t of put it better. Another poor sop who’s been indoctrinated rather than educated. Typical these days.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  John Robertson
July 3, 2020 9:40 am

The other day I told someone that “Black lives matter just as much as all the other lives.” They told me that was racist, but they couldn’t explain how equality was racist.

roger murphy
July 2, 2020 8:55 pm

Suliaman is a textbook racist, the capitalization of “blacks and browns” and the non-cap of white betrays the inner racist.

Matt_S
July 2, 2020 9:04 pm

Why do we put up with this crap? White people also gave the world antibiotics, plastics, glass, almost all metals, phones, cars, TV, planes, trains, democracy, economics etc etc etc.

The only reason supposed GW is a caused by whites is because 99.9% of everything on the planet is invented by whites.

If it wasnt for whites the entire planet would be living in the middle ages, or even worse, the stone age.

You cant give up one without the other Mr Ilyas-Jarret. You want to give up your comfortable modern life, and go back to hard manual work, poverty, disease, and feudalism?

Scissor
Reply to  Matt_S
July 3, 2020 5:26 am

Reminds me of a song. It begins a little slowly but is worth it.

Matt_S
Reply to  Scissor
July 4, 2020 12:44 am

Classic!

Analitik
Reply to  Matt_S
July 4, 2020 5:01 am

The only reason supposed GW is a caused by whites is because 99.9% of everything on the planet is invented by whites.

So you admit guilt!

/s

Al Miller
July 2, 2020 9:20 pm

You just can’t make up how stupid this is. I mean I try to think of the absurd but the academics win every loonie toon 🥇

aussiecol
July 2, 2020 9:31 pm

Interesting he spells ‘black and brown’ starting with capitals and ‘white’ is spelt, as just plain old white.
I’m just wondering who the racist one is.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  aussiecol
July 3, 2020 7:11 am

But . . . but . . . but, he’s a former Cambridge Isaac Newton Scholar!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  aussiecol
July 3, 2020 7:30 am

And “people of color” is exclusionary. Isn’t white a color? And no one is truly “white”, we’re varying tones of beige.

F. Ross
July 2, 2020 9:59 pm

Sheesh!

July 2, 2020 10:15 pm

Racism …. because of increasing global warming.

J Mac
July 2, 2020 10:58 pm

The Dark Ages are upon us…. again.

Eric Vieira
July 2, 2020 11:18 pm

To even pretend that warming would affect black people more than white people is completely absurd. Africa is one of the hottest continents on earth. Their skin has more melamine in order to protect them from the intense sunshine. They are also better adapted to a hotter environment. Crazy…

Rich Davis
Reply to  Eric Vieira
July 3, 2020 3:04 am

LOL, that would be a very serious medical condition! Melamine is a plastic material used to make cheap dishware. You meant melanin, of course.

Scissor
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 3, 2020 5:21 am

Buy that man a diamine ring.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
July 3, 2020 8:46 am

Or a 1,3,5-Triazine-2,4,6-triamine ring?

Climate believer
July 2, 2020 11:51 pm

A Disgusting racist bigot, great, Eric please this is really bottom of the barrel stuff.

Malcolm Chapman
July 3, 2020 12:00 am

Two comments at Open Democracy, both saying more or less what WUWT commenters have already said above. There is sanity out there, as well as this kind of nonsense.

Craig from Oz
July 3, 2020 12:05 am

Want to know something else The West did?

Industrialisation.

And what did that do? It meant that large labour intensive things like say… cotton picking, could now be down more cost effectively than using say… massed human labour.

Well meaning political words may sound great, but industry is was what helped make slavery economically distasteful as well as ethically and morally repulsive.

The extension to this argument is that if Industry causes CO2 and CO2 causes Global Warming(tm), and if ‘Pre-Industrial’ is ‘perfect’… Yeah, if you want to return the planet to Pre-Industrial you are going to have to ’employ’ a LOT of cheap human labour.

RockyRoad
Reply to  Craig from Oz
July 3, 2020 4:29 am

Yup, had Lincoln just waited 40 years, industrialization would have obviated the need for most slaves and ~640,000 dead and over a million wounded Americans could have been saved!

But the Civil War was started by the North’s squeeze on the South’s commerce and the emancipation proclamation only saved the conflict from certain failure!

Fitting that Lincoln is featured on the penny–a denomination not worth picking up and for which you can’t buy anything!

Pat Frank
Reply to  RockyRoad
July 3, 2020 10:27 am

The Civil War began when South Carolina seceded and fired on Fort Sumter.

South Carolina’s secession proclamation makes it very clear that defense of slavery was the deciding cause of their secession.

The South Carolina view on states’ rights was quite correct.

But those rights were invoked in defense of an institution that violated the basis of freedom for anyone, namely they violated the right of freedom for all that is both foundational to the United States and is announced in the Declaration of Independence.

South Carolina abused its right in defense of a deeper evil. Hence the Civil War.

The Confederacy sacrificed states rights on their altar to slavery. It was a huge mistake. States rights have been besmirched because of it, and we have suffered as a nation ever since.

MarkW
Reply to  Pat Frank
July 3, 2020 2:48 pm

If the North hadn’t been determined to economically strangle the South, there would have been no need for secession.

RockyRoad
Reply to  MarkW
July 4, 2020 4:32 am

So true!

I stand by my previous statement!

The Civil War cost way too many American lives, on both sides, to advance a solution that was a certain eventuality!

Pat Frank
Reply to  Pat Frank
July 4, 2020 10:15 am

Economically strangle = outlawing slave-taking, pushing for abolition, and protecting runaways, does it?

South Carolina’s secession proclamation is all about slavery, and mentions not one word about economic strangulation.

Rich Davis
Reply to  RockyRoad
July 3, 2020 10:34 am

So the battle of Gettysburg played no role.

And millions of slaves should have been content to live out the rest of their lives in bondage.

Maybe Lincoln didn’t really say it, but …

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.“

MarkW
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 3, 2020 2:50 pm

Why is it that the self righteous work so hard to miss the point?
Was eliminating slavery a couple of years earlier than it would have died on it’s own worth 640,000 lives, not to mention the economic devastation the war caused?

Rich Davis
Reply to  MarkW
July 3, 2020 6:19 pm

Don’t be so absurd Mark. The war was forced on Lincoln by the Confederates who believed they would win quickly and wanted no part of compromise. Of course he could have opted for disunion, but that would not have meant that the southern states would have shifted away from their preferred slave-based agrarian economy. It would certainly not have ended “a couple of years” later. The post that I reacted to imagined it to be 40 years. I doubt that, but even if accurate, then most adult slaves would have lived out the rest of their lives in bondage. You speak with authority about a counterfactual hypothetical scenario. But had the Confederacy not been put down, it is more than likely that they would have annexed much of Central America and the Caribbean, which would have changed the whole dynamic. As it was, despite slavery being abolished throughout the rest of the Western Hemisphere, it persisted in Brazil until 1888. How much longer might it have lasted if Brazil and an imperial
CSA were a slave-holding bloc, not entirely isolated internationally?

I take it that you refer to protective tariffs that benefitted industry in the north and made manufactured goods expensive for the south. Had the CSA been left alone and had moved forward with their free trade policies, how much more would that have extended the viability of their slave economy? Do you imagine that British concern for slaves would have outweighed their sudden increase in profitable trade with a CSA unable to supply its own needs for manufactured goods?

There’s no doubt that northerners were complicit in the evils of slavery, and that Union motives for war were not pure or even mostly about abolition. Certainly it would have been preferable not to have war. But I reject the notion that slavery would have withered away in the short term. The blood spilled on both sides was the result of 240 years of grave injustice perpetrated by both sides.

If that opinion constitutes self-righteousness then so be it.

RockyRoad
Reply to  MarkW
July 4, 2020 4:38 am

Rich,
Did England fight a civil war to eliminate their slavery?
No, it did not, and they did it before Amrrica!
You divert attention from you thirsty warmongering by claiming selfrighteousness!
Big mistake!
Lincoln was no statesman; he was a warmonger like you!

Rich Davis
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 4, 2020 7:12 am

@RockyRoad

Happy 4th of July!

Do you celebrate that or is it just a disturbing reminder of the fall of Vicksburg 156 years ago?

We can recite a litany of all the mistakes that our ancestors made over four-plus centuries and tear down our country focusing on the negative. We can forget the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and squabble over events that can’t be changed from more than 150 years ago. Is that your goal? Don’t we have enough of that already?

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Craig from Oz
July 3, 2020 6:56 am

He is not well-meaning. He is a bigoted swine, a race-baiter, and, no other way to put it, a whiny ungrateful b1tch.

DaveS
July 3, 2020 12:25 am

Cambridge University, of course, is the university which offered a fellowship to Jordan Peterson and then rescinded the offer after protests from some staff and students who didn’t agree with his opinions; but who the other week defended an academic who said ‘white lives don’t matter’ on the grounds of free speech (days after a guy was sacked from his job for having had a ‘white lives matter’ banner to be flown over a football stadium). Cambridge believes in free speech just as long as it fits the approved meme. Most other ‘top’ universities appear to take the same line.

Perhaps what’s most surprising is that (as far as I’m aware) no-one has yet denounced Isaac Newton for having been white.

Rich Davis
Reply to  DaveS
July 3, 2020 3:17 am

Didn’t Newton invent gravity or something? Gravity has killed millions falling off cliffs and tall buildings and out of trees, etc. Lynchings depend on gravity.

Cancel him I say!

Neo
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 3, 2020 2:59 pm

Let’s cancel Karl Marx, and replace him with Groucho who was much funnier. Even Harpo sang better.

Stephen Skinner
July 3, 2020 12:26 am

It must be racist trying to ‘save’ old whitie polar bear then? He/she/ze is the epitome of white supremacy. They are also meat eaters which is making the planet warmer. And there is no diversity within the toxic Polar Bear community; there are no Koalas, Grisleys, Blacks, Browns, Spetacled etc.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Stephen Skinner
July 3, 2020 12:24 pm

Most troubling to me is that the North American aboriginal peoples were so xenophobic and non-inclusive, and rejected the opportunity to embrace diversity. Worst of all, they expressed their hatred of immigrants through the worst kind of atrocities imaginable. Nazis!

Rod Evans
July 3, 2020 12:46 am

As they while away the hours. In their ivory towers.
I think Joe South got it about right. The COGS just keep grinding.

Oh the games people play now.
Every night and every day now.
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean.
https://www.google.com/search?q=while+they+while+away+the+hours+in+their+ivory+towers&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB775GB775&oq=while+they+while+away+the+hours+in+their+ivory+towers&aqs=chrome..69i57j46.20782j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
July 3, 2020 1:02 am

Tell horrible man to go away.

That is all.

Dale S
July 3, 2020 2:05 am

The subheading has it correct, but for the wrong reasons:
“If climate change directly affected white Westerners, action would have come quicker.”

Yes, “climate change” *doesn’t* affect “white Westerners”. It also doesn’t affect non-white Westerners, or Easterners, or really anyone else. The scale of warming is small compared to natural variability, and humans are sufficiently adaptable to deal with a large climatic range. If climate change *actually affected people*, things would be different.

Climate change *policies* that seek to make energy more expensive to reduce AGW are promoted largely by countries dominated by “white Westerners”. They can afford the virtue signalling — developing countries can’t. But I don’t think climate activists trying to prevent developing nations from getting affordable energy are actually motivated by racism, as they’re doing their best to sabotage affordable energy at home as well.

Ian Coleman
July 3, 2020 2:11 am

No one can safely talk about race. Or at any rate, no one white. You’re either a racist or an antiracist, and antiracism looks suspiciously hostile to white people. Black people are so angry that they are offended by compliments from white people trying to make friends. It’s hopeless. The current hypersensitivity about race is going to force white people to segregate, just to avoid Black anger.

Notice the astonishing double standard when it comes to judging whites and Blacks. It is racist if you extrapolate from Black criminals to Black people. On the other hand, if one homicidal policeman kills a Black man, all white policemen, and by extension all white people who benefit from the justice system, are racist. No one is going to win this argument.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  Ian Coleman
July 3, 2020 12:47 pm

…or one ordinary policeman doing his job restraining a big strong habitual criminal on drugs resisting arrest, who’d just tried to pass a counterfeit bill and then would not give back the stolen article, and who then croaked from heart failure. The characterization of his death as a homicide is exactly why Portland is burning right this minute, and the police can only try to fend off the insurrectionists with pepper spray instead of beating their heads with batons as would happen if rationality was allowed to play any part. So it’s not helping. 🙁

Thank God there are still places one can talk about “race,” an archaic concept that is meaningless unless you consider Caucasians, Africans, Asians etc to be subspecies of Homo sapiens, which seems asinine to me. So I’ll talk about it – briefly.

Real people with real lives don’t care about race, or sexual orientation, much less an expandable catalog of imaginary “genders.” The execrable, utterly amoral news media use these and other invented non-issues to divide us, incite violence among us, and thereby provide still more fodder for their industry, whose main purpose for existence is to sell the crap in their sponsors’ advertisements. They also believe they have a secondary duty, which is to act as kingmakers/regicides and moral arbiters to all of us peons (how’s that for irony?).

Nobody can honestly claim they don’t see a person’s epidermal melanin, but most of us can claim we don’t give a damn. Like Martin Luther’s dream come true, most of us judge a person by the content of their character – and if that character is garbage, we ought to be allowed to say so, as many brave African-Americans are saying right now, if only the news media were listening. You have to go to Youtube and social media to hear their voices.

Anyway America is in a terrible state and, since American media constantly transmit their propaganda worldwide, people in other countries are obviously jumping on the “hey, let’s turn our own countries into hellholes!” bandwagon as fast as they can. Unless western leaders grow some gonads, this insanity is going to get worse before it gets better. Good luck to all of us.

MarkW
Reply to  Ian Coleman
July 3, 2020 2:52 pm

According to a recent nut case up in NYC, black cops are all Uncle Toms and equally guilty.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  MarkW
July 4, 2020 5:57 am

Yeah, they would. I fully expect that thousands of white Antifa members feel that way, and would say so publicly. For those with short memories, half the six-person team of cops who took down that thug in Baltimore and took him on his fatal ride were black. Then the news media got hold of the story, portrayed it as “racist cops kill helpless black man” and Baltimore burned. Lots of cops, and judges, and prison guards are black. Apparently, if you’re not a Stalinist trying to usher in the new Workers’ Paradise in the USA, you’re not really black at all, cf. Joe Biden’s comment.

Please God, let Donald Trump hand them their asses! 🙁

Vuk
July 3, 2020 2:56 am

White people get more often run over in the snow, hence it is their natural instinct to prefer global warming to return of the little ice age.

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Vuk
July 3, 2020 9:09 am

True dat. Witness Grandma, who got run over by a reindeer. She was just trying to get home. So tragic!

Not Woke
July 3, 2020 3:08 am

Racism is the answer, doesn’t matter what the question is today.

Bruce Cobb
July 3, 2020 3:13 am

In addition to being a moronic Liar on climate, he uses the “racism” issue to try to hide the fact that all of his arguments are simply emotion-based. He is nothing but a two-bit demagogue, and his rhetoric is meant solely to stir emotion.

DocSiders
July 3, 2020 3:30 am

White privilege is mistaken for Western Civilization Privilege.

If a person living in a Western Civilization enclave subscribes to and lives by long tested Western Norms, the privilege is usually forthcoming.

Norms:
• Work hard
• Show up for work
• Don’t commit crimes
• Respect other people and their property
• Treat other people fairly
• Don’t become addicted
• Get a good education
• Don’t have babies outside a committed relationship

People of different races, religions, and tribes from all over the world emigrate to “the west” and acquire Western Privilege. And there are plenty of white people who were lucky enough to be born in the West who do not live by Western norms, and they often live mediocre lives.

The popular black culture in western settings holds every one of the western norms in disdain…with predictable results.

RockyRoad
Reply to  DocSiders
July 3, 2020 4:42 am

For blacks especially:
• Obey the police.
• Never fight with the police.
• Don’t try to take a policeman’s weapons.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  DocSiders
July 3, 2020 2:06 pm

“…there are plenty of white people who were lucky enough to be born in the West who do not live by Western norms, and they often live mediocre lives.”

Respectfully, FIFY: There are plenty of white people lucky enough to be born here who do not live by western norms, and a very large proportion of them live absolutely terrible lives.

Making lousy choices in life is no respecter of any demographic whatsoever.

MarkW
Reply to  DocSiders
July 3, 2020 2:54 pm

Recent black immigrants almost universally do better economically compared to blacks who were born here.

Tiger Bee Fly
Reply to  MarkW
July 4, 2020 9:38 am

Yup…they missed the opportunity to jump on the multi-generational welfare gravy train, so had no choice.

dennisambler
July 3, 2020 3:33 am

This is not a new idea, Lisa Jackson was using it in her time at the EPA.
http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/epa_un_mission.pdf

Lisa Jackson spoke frequently of promoting “environmental justice” and “expanding the conversation of environmentalism.

“Environmental justice is one of my top priorities for my time at the EPA, and it is something we are working to include in each and every initiative and decision the agency makes.”

The Congressional Black Caucas Foundation also got in on the act:
https://web.archive.org/web/20090904141931/http://www.nccecojustice.org/downloads/Climate%20of%20Change.pdf

“African Americans are already disproportionately burdened by the health effects of climate change, including deaths during heat waves and from worsened air pollution. Similarly, unemployment and economic hardship associated with climate change will fall most heavily on the African American community.”

“African Americans are less responsible for climate change than other Americans; historically and at present, African Americans emit less greenhouse gas.”

However, environmental justice goes back further to the time of Al Gore and his EPA Head, Carol Browner:

“In 1994, Clinton issued an executive order, directing that every federal agency make environmental justice part of its mission. In a speech at the April 22, 1994 Earth Day EPA Administrator Carol Browner said:
“Nobody can question that, for far too long, communities across this country–low income, minority communities–have been asked to bear a disproportionate share of our modern industrial life.””

Jackson is now Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. https://www.apple.com/uk/leadership/lisa-jackson/

It just so happens that Al Gore is on the Apple board:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore

“Gore is the founder and current chair of The Climate Reality Project, the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management and the now-defunct Current TV network, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., and a senior adviser to Google.”

ozspeaksup
July 3, 2020 4:31 am

hes a fool
funny is he was happy to be IN the Uk?(??) take a white mans scholarship, so thts a bit of a hypocritical problem for a start
and how many dark complecteds are gatecrashing now or moved TO whiteys nations
because their homelands were a shitfight in motion..
and then moan and bitch about whiteys not handing over enough money free housing whatever?
Aus has paid trillions over the yrs to our aboriginals and they still want more!
what land we “took”( as they see it ) has been well and truly paid for and they do sfa with what theyre given except trash it and hold the hand out for more

CD in Wisconsin
July 3, 2020 4:33 am

Dean at a Massachusetts nursing school fired for saying “Everyone’s Life Matters” in an e-mail to a student:

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/dean-of-massachusetts-nursing-school-fired-after-saying-everyones-life-matters

Rich Davis
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
July 3, 2020 11:19 am

I was raised by a couple of Massachusetts liberals who taught me that all forms of racism are bad, and indeed all lives matter. God rest their souls. I still subscribe to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream. While I agree that many black people continue to suffer unjust treatment at the hands of racist criminals, I can’t imagine that Dr. King would approve of the overt anti-white racism that is so prominent today. This is madness that can never help anyone. It has to be the result of agitation by traitors and nefarious foreign actors who hate our country.

MarkW
Reply to  Rich Davis
July 3, 2020 2:56 pm

The racist criminals that are oppressing black people are for the most part, also blacks.

RockyRoad
July 3, 2020 4:34 am

And what “action” is this climate activist proposing?

$Money$

Always follow the $money$!

Invent some grievance and demand $money$.

$Money$ will never really solve the problem so send more $money$!

It makes you wonder if he knows anything about the climate!

Uncle Ben
July 3, 2020 5:18 am

White-shaming is systemic racism.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Uncle Ben
July 3, 2020 7:04 pm

Yes, it is. And it is so obviously counterproductive for those non-white people that it purportedly benefits that I find it hard to believe that it’s not simply intended to incite chaos in our society. (Traitors and nefarious foreigners actors)

UNGN
July 3, 2020 5:19 am

Question:

Are Chinese white?

The whole “Whites are causing all the worlds problems” is so 2019.

Rich Davis
Reply to  UNGN
July 3, 2020 6:58 pm

Why oppose racism with more racism? The crimes of the CCP are not crimes of all Chinese people any more than the crimes of White Power neo-Nazis are my responsibility. You appear to be painting the oppressed Chinese people of Hong Kong and the imperiled Chinese people of Taiwan, not to mention many innocent mainland Chinese people with a broad brush condemnation of “Chinese” because of the actions of a corrupt government.

Of course I oppose the insanity of blaming all evils on white people. But everyone should be judged by their individual actions, not by their membership in some ethnic group. I’d rather be rejected by my racial group than embrace their tribal hatred of other groups.

July 3, 2020 5:54 am

He’s partly right. “If climate change affected white people …” the fact is that after 30 years it doesn’t affect anybody except maybe positively. That’s why no one cares.

July 3, 2020 7:12 am

Question for the Wokes Who Are More Smarter Than Me:

Did Climate Change Cause Racism?

Or Did Racism Cause Climate Change?

Andrew

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  Bad Andrew
July 3, 2020 8:03 am

You left out the third—and most important—question: What exactly do you mean by the term “climate change”?

Kenan Meyer
July 3, 2020 7:52 am

Why does this guy leave out China, which is producing 30 percent of manmade CO2, more than any other country? And the Chinese at the same time are among the worst racists on this planet. Yellow comes first , of course, then white and black at the bottom. Does this guy live under a rock!?

MarkW
Reply to  Kenan Meyer
July 3, 2020 2:58 pm

That’s communist CO2, it only has good affects.

Pat Frank
July 3, 2020 8:09 am

As in all Sociological narratives, the direction of causality is thoroughly ambiguous and left in doubt.

One may thus legitimately propose to Mr. Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett, “Why don’t we take today’s manufactured racism seriously? Climate Change™ is the answer”

A climate change crisis: spuriously manufactured in the West.
Spuriously manufactured in the West: a racism crisis.

The operative circle is evident. Manufacture a crisis. Exploit it for money and power.

And that’s why we don’t take Mr. Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett seriously.

He’s a crisis battenee, nothing more. It’s been a good living so far, hasn’t it, Mr. Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett.

beng135
July 3, 2020 8:20 am

Completely predictable — CAGW is caused by racism. Racism also causes droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanoes, earthquakes and pandemics.

John the Econ
July 3, 2020 9:24 am

If everything is racism, nothing is.

Reply to  John the Econ
July 3, 2020 10:37 am

They are redefining “racism”, after a success with “marriage” and “free speech”.

Yirgach
July 3, 2020 10:37 am

The one thing I noticed was the complete lack of any data, just the usual unsubstantiated alarmist claims of rising sea level, increased drought, severe storms, blah, blah, blah all tied up in a pretty bow labeled RACISM. Of course no rational idea of how to even start to fix “the problem”.

And this person is a product of Cambridge? Does he really think anyone will take him seriously?

gbaikie
July 3, 2020 12:10 pm

–“Why don’t we take climate change seriously? Racism is the answer”–
Racism is not the answer.

We live in an Ice Age. And this Ice Age has climate change.
It goes from cold to very cold and back to being cold.
The colder cold Earth is, the more violent weather.
People often confuse climate change with weather- they normally
would be confused, but there is a lot brainwashing “teaching” that
they are the same thing.
We live on a water planet. For longer than a million year, Earth has
had a cold ocean. And the cold ocean causes Earth to be in an icebox
climate- or often called an Ice Age. Over millions of years the temperature
of the entire ocean has had average temperature staying in the range of
about 1 to 5 C. Currently our ocean is about 3.5 C.
Life which existed for hundreds of millions of years, has been evolving in much
warmer world than this current Icebox Climate. So in terms of ten of millions of
years, the recent cooling of oceans, has been a significant a global climate change.
Our colder ocean results in more deserts and larger swings in air temperature- and driest regions have largest swings in daily and yearly temperature.

The warmer the ocean, the less dry the world is.
What has the highest average temperature is air temperatures which are warm at night, or has low temperature difference between night time lows and daytime highs. The highest yearly average air temperatures are in the tropics which are not in the desert regions. The dry desert regions can have extremely hot days and cool nights- making their average temperatures lower. Of course there time periods in deserts in which it does rain, and such rainy seasons will have tend to have higher average daily temperatures and with variation of weather can cause both hot days and hot nights.
What causes higher air temperature is the ocean. What causes the world’s higher air temperature is the the tropical ocean. It’s about 40% of the entire earth surface and has average surface air temperature of about 26 C [78.8 F] and quite an uniform temperature {doesn’t change much in a day’s time period of night and day, nor in year’s time period. The tropical ocean is called the world’s heat engine, it not only warms the entire tropical region {the tropical ocean is 80% of surface area of the entire tropical zone {the region within the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn}, warm whole world [including the polar regions}.
The most well known effect of tropical ocean warming the rest of world is the Gulf Stream which make Europe’s average temperature about 10 C warmer. Or Europe average yearly air temperature is about 9 C and it would about 10 C colder without warming effect of the tropical Gulf Stream. But in addition to transporting warmer waters poleward, the tropical ocean warms the entire atmosphere of Earth.
The entire ocean warms Earth, but tropical ocean is always the warmest ocean, and all ocean evaporating constantly, but warmer it is the more it evaporates.
Even cold glaciers are constantly evaporating- but obviously much slower. Anyways the tropics has most of world’s water vapor.
“Water vapor moves heat from the equator toward the poles, distributing heat across the globe. Heat absorbed by water molecules provides the energy for evaporation. That water vapor rises into the atmosphere, carrying the heat up into the atmosphere.”
https://sciencing.com/percentage-water-vapor-atmosphere-19385.html
“The percent of water vapor in the cold Arctic and Antarctic (and highest Alpine regions) may reach as low as 0.2 percent while the warmest tropical air may contain up to 4 percent water vapor.”
So in terms of ppm: 4% = 40,000 ppm and 0.2 percent = 2000 ppm water vapor
400 ppm of CO2 is .04%.
Or what call dry air has a lot water vapor if call 400 ppm a lot of anything.
Mars btw has 210 ppm of water vapor- very dry compare to Earth- they count things the same, with Earth we just count surface air, Mars global air. Or snows mostly CO2 on Mars also water, and water vapor clouds on Mars. Likewise with Venus they say there is only 20 ppm of water vapor, but water vapor in Venus upper atmosphere [small percentage entire atmosphere] is quite a significant factor in Venus atmosphere.
As it’s getting long, I will stop rambling, now.

Ed Bo
July 3, 2020 1:02 pm

Just posted the following comment at OpenDemocracy. We’ll see if they leave it up:

We use fossil fuels because they are the most cost-effective source of energy. The higher the percentage of so-called renewables in a region’s or country’s energy portfolio, the higher energy prices are.

It should be completely obvious that higher energy prices impact the poor, and often people of color, the most. This has immediate negative consequences on these people’s lives. Even in wealthy countries that have adopted renewables, poor people are often forced to choose between food and heat in the winter.

Wealthy white climate activists in rich countries are increasingly blocking projects that would bring affordable power to the poorest countries. So we have rich white people dictating to poor brown and black people how they live their lives, and keeping them from advancing. That is the real racism.

n.n
July 3, 2020 2:16 pm

Diversity (i.e. color judgments), including: racism, sexism, etc., and exclusion, breeds adversity.

Philip Verslues
July 3, 2020 6:59 pm

Mr. Jarret doesn’t believe what he’s saying, he is only trying to cause a reaction. It’s like stampeding cattle, scaring the populace and politicians fleeing the direction he wants them to go. That way they can see whom they can intimidate and who will oppose the the Marxist movement. They think at some point they can intimidate enough people they can force acquiescence and take over. Simply tell them you don’t accept the lies and intimidation. STAND your ground and tell the truth.

old construction worker
July 4, 2020 2:41 am

Where is John Galt?

observa
July 4, 2020 9:37 am

Why don’t we take lefties seriously?

“It means so much especially now. People who come to these rallies have been coming to these rallies for 30 to 40 years,”
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/black-lives-matter-protesters-march-for-change-again-in-brisbane/ar-BB16jWQn

Al Miller
July 7, 2020 10:03 pm

“Another reason may be the lack of representation in the movement”-
or perhaps yet another reason is that it (so called climate change) is a vicious pack of lies created and intended to lull the general populace into feeling guilty enough to allow a Marxist regime to take hold.
Make no mistake WW111 has already started with the global warming fraud failing to achieve it’s intended goal the cabal has tipped their hand and are in full out battle with use of race, gender, weather and anything else they can think of to try and seize power- meaning all our money and more importantly freedom, the little that remains.
All that remains is for good people to do nothing…

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