What amazes me most about the #PeoplesClimateMarch that drew over 300,000 people in NYC this past weekend is the fact that there were hundreds of thousands of white people who showed up for this. These are the same white people who are simply nowhere to be seen or heard from when black tragedies happen. Climate change is important, but black lives also do matter. However, even as these white folks fight and rally in a massive showing for the environment (and largely ignore the structural realities of environmental racism hurting and killing poor POC and indigenous communities especially) they simply couldn’t be bothered to care when yet another black child is murdered in cold blood. Where were these white folks for Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Mike Brown, Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant and more? Where were they as the tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and sound cannons assaulted black protesters in Ferguson?
Oh, at home not giving a shit and drinking their organic vegan smoothies, that’s right.
This is white supremacist violence in action. Because when would we ever see this many white people rallying against the white racism and police brutality that is literally killing a black person in this country ever 28 hours? Never.
Sister Souljah put it succinctly in this quote, and just replace “abortion” with “climate change” and your other issue of choice and it captures my sentiments exactly:
[W]hen white people feel serious and angry and upset about abortion, they come out in the thousands up to the millions to say, “This is what we believe about abortion.” Where is the white outcry against white racism that murders African people all around this entire globe? It doesn’t exist.
So who are these “white good people”? I want to meet them! I want to see them!
And we see all of this vividly on display in the #PeoplesClimateMarch.