Racist Attacks on Climate Scientists Disguised as Free-Market Greed

[July 8, 2016 SFC]

As Katharine Hayhoe explained on PBS Moyers & Company (adding my take on it based on ideas from this show), climate science deniers deny the science because the solution negates their conservative embrace of race-based limited government in place of the liberal tradition of good government. In the 2016 book Democracy in Black, the author criticizes both liberal and conservative traditions. I start by embracing the two liberal traditions presented by Ian Haney-López, good government and avoiding great concentrations of wealth, then I take the author’s points from Democracy in Black. We have not come nearly far enough with ending the tradition of White America keeping Black America down. (I was nervous when I first heard the Randy Newman song, Keeping the N*s Down. It seems he understood then what I understand now.) Democracy in Black defines Black America and maybe White America in this context.

Links: [Code words for racism: persistent traditions of White America with respect to Black America, are often:

  • free market,
  • small-government conservatives, and many more phrases
    • (welfare queens,
    • ending welfare as we know it,
    • tough on crime,
    • War on Drugs,
    • Black on Black crime /The conversation does not end there./,
    • no angel,
    • a little white lie?,
    • selling your home to people like you,
    • starting your USA presidential campaign in Mississippi near where civil rights workers were murdered while advocating states’ rights,
    • three strikes and you are out,
    • one strike and you are out,
    • super predators, bring them to heel (She now regrets that.)

 

Above: The War on Scientists continues. See also the 2010 book Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Orestes and Erik M. Conway. (Click to zoom.)

Above: The War on Scientists continues. See also the 2010 book Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Orestes and Erik M. Conway. (Click to zoom.)

Texas Climate News July 2, 2016

See the Texas Climate News website, texasclimatenews.org (link). In the news article below (JPEG format), two news articles are presented, one on the left (link) and one on the right (link). Left: 31 scientific societies write an open letter to Congress about the human-induced climate crisis; June 28, 2016. The source is an AAAS article.

Above: Texas Climate News alerted me about that important news from AAAS (above left). (Click to zoom.)

Above: Texas Climate News alerted me about that important news from AAAS (above left). (Click to zoom.)

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[June 30, 2016]

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Jessie Williams at the BET Awards

[June 28, 2016]

This milestone event for the USA occurred on June 16, 2016, but I did not know much about it until today, when I came across it on the Democracy Now website. Here is a link to that. After a brief introduction by Amy Goodman, Mr. Jesse Williams speaks for 4 minutes, accepting his award.

I do not know yet if that is his entire acceptance speech, but it includes the start and contains no interruptions. It is probably the entire speech, since acceptance speeches are short, but then again, this is a special award.

I use bold font to highlight the point below where the entire crowd comes to its feet to applaud. They remained standing while they continued to listen.

This reminds me of a moment in the history of the USA, Black America cheering the OJ Simpson acquittal. The response from White America was very different.

As documented in this blog, PBS television, Bill Moyers, Ian Haney-López, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tavis Smiley, and many others enlightened me in many ways. Once I heard Ian Haney-López state that race relations (Black and White America, not to ignore other aspects) was the number one task for the USA even now, I was convinced, and Mr. Coates talking to Mr. Moyers was a bit step forward for me.

Here is a related link for a blog entry I prepared in the last few days. It is my short blog entry with the title, White America (USA), Racism and the Human-Induced Climate Crisis.

Here is the transcript from Democracy Now:

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to actor Jesse Williams. Oh, he’s best known for his role on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. But on Sunday night, he earned a standing ovation when he addressed the BET Awards. As he accepted the Humanitarian Award, Jesse Williams paid homage to police shooting victims, including Rekia Boyd and Tamir Rice, who would have turned 14 years old on Saturday if he hadn’t been killed by police in Cleveland. We turn now to Jesse Williams’ speech.

JESSE WILLIAMS: Before we get into it, I just want to say, you know, I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, that they made sure I learned what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also I thank my amazing wife for changing my life.

Now, this award, this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country—the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students—that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. All right? It’s kind of basic mathematics. The more we learn about who we are and how we got here, the more we will mobilize.

Now, this is also, in particular, for the black women, in particular, who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you.

Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data. And we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we are going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function and ours.

Now, I got more, y’all. Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday. So I don’t want to hear anymore about how far we’ve come, when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television and then going home to make a sandwich. Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than it is to live in 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner. Tell that to Sandra Bland. Tell that to Darrien Hunt.

Now the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. All right? Now, dedicating our lives—dedicating our lives to get money, just to give it right back for someone’s brand on our body, when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies?

There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There’s no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we’ve paid all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. “You’re free,” they keep telling us, “but she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so free.” Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But you know what, though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.

And let’s get—let’s get a couple things straight. Just a little side note. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job. All right? Stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest—if you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down.

We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind, while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil—black gold—ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though—the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.

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Above: Jesse Williams. Image credit: Wikipedia article, public domain. (Click to zoom.)

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False Choices and Flags, Too

[Rewrite, June 25, 2016]

God exists. True or false?

If we say True, we are not people of faith.

It is a false choice. It is more complicated than that. It is not a question we can avoid. I admire the French and British in their secularity. Religious people need not fear modernity, but secular traditions are good traditions. A wall of separation between church and state.

I was pleased to read a new concept, an atheist who objected to the word atheist. We have no word for those who do not believe ghosts exists. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost is a long tradition.

I recall Mr. Penn from Penn & Teller explaining his atheism to a friendly talk show host who did not share his atheism. Are we atheist if we do not believe in Thor, the God of Thunder?

Even if I live in a region where a student sneezing is answered by 18 classmates saying, “[God] Bless you!,” several times in response to a few sneezes in rapid succession, during a test hour when talking is not generally allowed, I object to the Reagan-initiated tradition of ending public political (campaign and office-holders) speeches by saying, “God Bless America.” I am raising my voice. I will be happy to see the first President of the USA in the coming years to return to our older tradition.

As long as we have tests, we will always have prayer in class.

The Supreme Court of the USA did well to outlaw prayer in class.

Most countries have no pledge of allegiance. After changing our related salute, we added the words Under God. At least one state in the USA added Under God to its pledge of allegiance. At least one state conducts those pledges daily in class, followed by a moment of silence. What is required of students, and what is allowed?

Homeowners associations allow political yards signs with limitations. Adding the flag of the USA to Christmas decorations in a yard is political.

On another subject, PBS has a good 9-minute video about the flags of the Confederate States of America. I will add a related image to this blog post.

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365650085

Last month, Houston Independent School District in the USA renamed seven schools. I was raising my voice to object to the older names, seven school names related to the Confederate States of America. I mentioned it only a few times, but I am happy with this Houston ISD decision. Here is a link to a related website article from ABC 13 television.

Above: Image credit: Keepscases. That is from Wikipedia (Confederate States of America). Click to zoom.

Above: Image credit: Keepscases. That is from Wikipedia (Confederate States of America).

 

Historic flooding here now and the Human-Induced Climate Crisis (HICC?)

A quick note about that flash flooding in Houston Texas USA this week. I drove into it Monday morning, April 18, 2016. It was raining cats and dogs. I left home at 5:30 AM, but I made a U-turn and stayed home. I was in the heavy rain on a wide freeway for about an hour.

Seven people died in this flooding in this Houston area during those 2 days, Monday and Tuesday.

Here is a link to an excellent article from Texas Climate News. (They depend on donations, by the way.) Here is that headline:

“The new abnormal” – the latest Houston flood disaster’s climate context

Houston Public Media provides a photograph which makes a blog post here more helpful. To give credit for the photograph, here is the link to that Houston Public Media article.

Below is that photograph:

Above: Photograh of Houston flooding. Image credit: Houston Public Media. See above for the link to the article. (Click to zoom.)

Above: Photograh of Houston flooding. Image credit: Houston Public Media. See above for the link to the article.