The politics of wokeness continue to get zanier.
As indicated by a new article in Scientific American – which is showing of late that it’s getting more political than scientific – the fingers pointing out the racism in American society are increasingly pointing to the left.
The foundation for this can be found a study released last December by Resources magazine.
The publication conducted a poll that found Democrats and Republicans both hold “green” opinions. But it is Democrats who are more zealous and extreme in their beliefs.
Here are some examples:
The magazine noted that 94 percent of Democrats believe global warming is real, and 67 percent of Republicans agree. Among Democrats, 94 percent think humans are to blame, while 69 percent of Republicans concur. Almost all Democrats – 98 percent and 97 percent – believe global warming will be a “very or somewhat serious problem” for the U.S. as well as the whole world, respectively, if nothing is done to address it, compared to 54 percent and 60 percent of Republicans.
“Particularly intriguing is the statistic that 76% of Democrats believe that unchecked global warming will hurt them personally at least a moderate amount, but only 26% of Republicans believe the same,” Resources noted.
That’s the kicker, relative to Scientific American.
More than 70 percent of the respondents to the Resources poll were white, according to its methodology. This means that even if whites make up a larger share of the GOP respondents, relative to Democrats, the Democrats in the poll included a considerable number of whites. To underscore that point, the pollsters noted that only 8 percent of their respondents were black.
So in other words, Resources found that white liberals were particularly vexed by how global warming might affect them personally.
Accordingly, in Scientific American on Sunday, Sarah Jaquette Ray, chairwoman of the Environmental Studies Department at Humboldt State University, found that concern about global warming also has racist overtones.
Ray wrote, “Climate change and its effects — pandemics, pollution, natural disasters — are not universally or uniformly felt: the people and communities suffering most are disproportionately Black, Indigenous and people of color. It is no surprise then that U.S. surveys show that these are the communities most concerned about climate change.”
Yet since she published a book on the topic a year ago, Ray noted, “I have been struck by the fact that those responding to the concept of climate anxiety are overwhelmingly white. … If people of color are more concerned about climate change than white people, why is the interest in climate anxiety so white? Is climate anxiety a form of white fragility or even racial anxiety? Put another way, is climate anxiety just code for white people wishing to hold onto their way of life or get ‘back to normal,’ to the comforts of their privilege?”
“The white response to climate change is literally suffocating to people of color,” she added.
After several doses of the progressive Social Justice Warrior pablum, one might find at a Black Lives Matter/Antifa rally, Ray offered, “Today’s progressives espouse climate change as the ‘greatest existential threat of our time,’ a claim that ignores people who have been experiencing existential threats for much longer.”
“Instead of asking ‘What can I do to stop feeling so anxious?’, ‘What can I do to save the planet?’ and ‘What hope is there?’, people with privilege can be asking ‘Who am I?’ and ‘How am I connected to all of this?’ The answers reveal that we are deeply interconnected with the well-being of others on this planet, and that there are traditions of environmental stewardship that can be guides for where we need to go from here.”
Based on the polling by Resources, the questions posed by Ray would seem better directed at white Democrats, who, based on her reasoning, seem to be the racists in this scenario by exhibiting a far greater share of the “climate anxiety” than Republicans do.