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Climate Change Amplifies Inequalities, Hurts Blacks More?

A new report released by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative states that consequences of climate change extend beyond environmental, and into issues of human rights, race, and class. The research group says that climate change is especially harmful to African Americans, and low-income individuals.

The report maintains:

"Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites. . . .African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the US."

Following the release of the report, Congressman James Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, reiterated the sentiment that climate change disproportionately impacts blacks. To find out what the Democratic leader, had to say

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Speaking to the National Press Club, Congressman Clyburn said:

“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being."

Some may think Clyburn is trying to morph environmental concerns into a race issue; but perhaps he just wants engage the black community in order to decrease the vulnerability. Those trying to raise awareness on climate justice point to Hurricane Katrina as an example of how marginalized individuals suffer more in times of climate crisis.

Do you think the African American community and disadvantaged people need a distinct voice in the climate change discussion?

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Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Now....Not only did I predict you as being a fake cowboy...but on top of all things...you turn out to be Mexican! Disqised as a cowboy..Heath Ledger from broke back mountain..telling me that I can call you a wetback...which sounds stupid because Mexican Americans are also cosidered as minorities..mostly living in the same ghettos as I do..struggling just as bad as me... and my people...mixed in with the same illegal immigrants... that you had the audacity to mension in an earlier statement about Mexicans... also known to spawn powerful drug cartels in America! Come on Matamoros..I know your not black, but you can come better than that!
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
"American...who never, ever, ever, ever, eeeeever lived or step one foot in a real ghetto! " Wrong. I've been in the South Bronx. I've been in Harlem. I've been in Lagos, Nigeria. I've been in Douala and Yaounde Cameroon - the world's biggest slums. I've been to the barrios of Mexico and Latin America and the worst parts of Manila. I don't have to African-American to understand anything. I wouldn't tell someone they don't understand something because they're black. You do not have to roll in the mud to know that it makes you dirty.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Naw it aint about name calling..thats just your avatar! You see I dont have to stoop down to your level! Im way too tall for that! But.... how on earth can someone who is not African American...who never, ever, ever, ever, eeeeever lived or step one foot in a real ghetto! Begin to understand anything about the amplified effects of climate change and inequalities of African Americans?
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
Fo show: "What University did this fake cowboy graduate from?" Actually, I have a number of university degrees including more than one post graduate degree including some from foreign universities. I probably speak at least four more languages than you do too. If your best rebuttal to my statements is an ad-hominem attack, then I can only assume that you have no intellectual counterpoint to what I have posted, but can only resort to an ad-hominem hoping to assemble an ideological lynch mob to enable your grand-finale of an ad-populum argument - a rhetorical error. You have no rebuttal based upon ad-rem? (What was said for those of you who did not have Latin in college.) If name calling and picking on my hat are the best you can do, you are the loser, and not me. If you want to insult me, perhaps call me a wetback. My grandmother was Mexican from Matamoros. Call me a greaser or something. At least your argument would then have a modicum of sense.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Now.. Mr Bush wanted to be a cowboy also...and you see where he led us!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Ha ha haaaaaaaaa haa hee hee hee whooooooo! We have ourselves a Wild Bill here folks! What University did this fake cowboy graduate from? Is this Americas answer to rebuilding its nation? PLEASE tell me it aint so!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
For Our Entire Homeland- We as a nation...need to be more reponsible with dealing with disasters.....regardless of Race or Community!
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
One should clearly understand the difference in the situation here. Many of these people couldnt afford to move as freely as a more stable community could. Many didnt have the same opportunities, transportation..or money saved in banks as one from a more stable community had. If they did..they wouldve simply relocated. Deployment? These Victims were stranded without food or water for two weeks! Compare that to other American rescue missions. Looters, and the stadium? New Orleans was a murder capital. Lets not forget that criminals were amongs the chaos. They probably were thinking.....I need to survive! Why watch food go bad!
geebers geebers 8 years
I agree that we need to focus on economic disparity and not lump minorities into a group because it is misleading. It is the poor communities that are affected and yes, while many of these communities tend to be mostly black that does NOT mean they are the only areas we should focus on. There are plenty of poor white communities that need assistance in the same way. .
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I was deployed to New Orleans after Katrina (just as i was deployed around florida after the hurricanes) and I talked with many AA who chose to stay behind even after they were warned, and i asked them why? and they said they just didnt think it was going to be "that bad" they also didnt want to leave their homes/pets/ and the comfort of those familiar surroundings. BELIEVE ME, i have been through hurricanes here, and although it wasnt a CAT 3-5 coming at me I still stayed (we got the fringe of the storms and there were still trees through our roof and i had no power for three weeks) I stayed because I didnt want the hassle of bringing our pets to shelters and finding somewhere to stay. I also am required in my job to serve this community before during and after storms (I am FEMA trained in disaster relief) IF my community is told they HAVE to evacuate, I am required to stay in the shelters with everyone else, and I would have. My point is that its not an AA thing, or a New Orleans thing, its just human beings procrastinating, denying the inevitable (like living in a bowl), being stubborn and than having to live with those choices. Believe me they regretted those choices more often than not. AND not one person that i talked to blamed anyone but themselves, and most moved away permanently.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I said it sounded like guilt - what he has to be guilty for that is something you must ask him. CG what did you think his statments meant, do you think the people in New Orleans would not be upset that someone talked down to them regardless if that was the purpose or not it was.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont think Undaves statements are based in guilt. What has he done to be guilty for?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I know that wasn't your intention, which I just stated. I will say it again; I know it wasn't your intention to divide, but statements sometimes have unintended effects.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
lil---that was not my intention. My statments were to address those who had those thoughts. I never said you did. However, sometimes I read these comments and people think some AA sit around and talk about how the man keeps them down. Which is not the case. I understand the plight of the poor of all nationlities and how hard it is to overcome but I will never put them down for trying to survive and telling them that they should have known better. B/c what may be right for you or I is not right for everyone.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I didn't say your statement was meant to intentionally divide anyone, just that that is the effect those types of statements tend to have. I didn't call people stupid and I apologize if you think I "tried to seem better;" that was not my intention.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Lil, my point was what I c on these boards and generally the comments are not about poor whites but about generalizations about some AA. I do know that poor whatever race you are have problems; however, I am sticking to the issue and addressing comments made about AA and not other poor nationalities. My statment is not to divide anyone it is to state the facts that I have experienced and those that I know have experienced. It is not to downplay what others experience but more and more on these boards there are generalization that are made about poor people and not just poor people in general but AA. Nevertheless, dividing is calling people stupid and trying to seem better than them doesn't help your focus or comments.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Bella, I understand what you are saying with your last paragraph, but I don't think it just applies to African Americans. Many poor white communities don't have a grocery store that sells fresh produce, either. I think focusing on race instead of class only serves to further the problem. I worked with members of both the urban Appalachian community and the poor black community in Dayton, Ohio and they experienced very similar problems; if anything, the urban Appalachian community actually had it worse off (of course, this is just that one city). Still though, I think it only serves to divide when you say, "why do black poor people" instead of just, "why do poor people."
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I like the avatar, Silver. Anyway, I just wanted to comment on the whole idea that because the center of Katrina didn't hit New Orleans, New Orleans didn't get the worst damage, which is completely untrue. Yes, the storm had lessened when it hit New Orleans. And yes, the center did not hit New Orleans. However, the levees breaking are what caused all of the damage and destruction in Katrina. Had the levees been better built/sturdier/upgraded, the damage would not have been nearly as great. In my eyes, people should have known that a hurricane could hit, but probably couldn't have known that the damage could be as bad as it was. We could argue back and forth all day about who's responsibility it was to fix/update the levees; I personally think it was the responsibility of the state and local government to, at the very least, investigate the situation and apply for the necessary federal grants.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Wow, that is all I can truly see. Matamoros, I have no idea where you get your notion from of people and how AA are stupid. To generalize a whole race of people without even trying to understand or even see a situation that is just sad. Only b/c Al Gore has been preaching about the environment does not mean that everyone watched, seen or even had access. His documentary was in the theater. I am sorry but some people who are poor is not thinking ohh the river may raise, the environment is crashing ---they are thinking d*amn, how will I get my baby who is sick to the doctor when I have 30.00 in the bank in which I have to buy food and get to work on for the next week before payday. They are thinking of surviving their day to day life. Not all people who are poor are looking for a handout or not trying to better themselves and these are the generalizations that I see time and time again on this board. People have let a few bad apples they have witness, heard about, and seen on TV in order to shape their perception and reality about the African American race as a whole. The funny thing is you know nothing but try to act like you know everything or you have a great insight which you don't b/c if you could make these generalizations about people and not even know anything about their situations - who are you to judge from your situation and your life. UnDave --- you always jump to conclusions about any peace based or mentions race ---as someone saying that whites are to blame for situations ---to me that is a sign of guilt. I didn't see the article as placing blame but educating the stance of AA and Climate Change.I am always so at awe (which I shouldn't) how people perceive things by looking in but not understanding or try to understand situations or people - they just generalize. And then each article like this instead of focuses on the topic at hand we need to compare other nationalities and races ---let's stop and focus instead of trying to say well such and such is not that bad but x is. When are we really going to see what is happening in our country. Why do black poor people live in communities that do not have a grocery store that sells fresh produce, fresh meat, or healthy foods. Why if I don't have a car, I am traveling by bus over an hour to grocery shop in a decent grocery store that allows me to buy a fresh, not molded tomatoe - and if I want to do serious grocery shopping, I can't carry it all on the bus as a woman, I can only do maybe 4 heavy bags. So, I am making a trip more frequent, instead of walking to my neighborhood grocery store. Why is the paint in my apartment peeling and I call the landlord and the city and report the problem but no one has helped me, I have written letters and 5 years later the paint is still peeling and now my heat is not working. Yes, I can move but where, I am already paying the majority of my salary to rent. Why is it that I am not getting the same advantages as others in their communities but when my community is looked at it is views as we are lazy, ignorant, and looking for a handout. I am just and just like many AA trying to survive in this world, make a life, have a family, and be good citzens; but sense we do not do things the way you like us to then we are less.
javsmav javsmav 8 years
Valley Forge is in Pennsylvania, which is NOT the balmy South on any map I've ever seen. And I need to calm down before I write any other response. Right now I'll just echo Jude's OH MY GOD.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Now thats hogheaded! A great one stated- From the immediate aftermath of a disaster to the point of designing policy on climate change... the unique situation of minorities are rarely considered! Now where are the educated suggessions for improvement America?
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
"If you can't give us real information that backs up these statements, then." "Chocolate City" is not my phrase. This is what the bumbling, hopelessly effete and breathtakingly incompetent Mayor Nagin used to describe NOLA. Colored People? What do you think NAACP stands for? Pack of idiots? You have witnessed the behavior of the inhabitants of NOLA after Katrina. You have witnessed the behavior of the white folk in Iowa after their flood. Which group behaved like a pack of idiots? Here is the link from Geology.com showing that Katrina's center (eye) did in fact miss NOLA and hit the white-populated areas full force. http://geology.com/news/images/hurricane-katrina-track-map.gif BTW - NOLA residents actually got lucky. By the time Katrina hit, it was merely a CAT 3 storm, and no longer a CAT5. The Louisiana death-toll for Katrina is about 1000. This includes every single traffic fatality that occurred around that time, murders (a lot of scores got settled), and other accidents that happened after the storm. The tsk-tsk's came from all over the world, even France - where at about that time a simple heatwave killed more than 5000 elderly Parisians. Where was the outrage? Where was Al Gore?
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
Ha ha haaaa! :-D Now is that considered a logical suggestion for improvement! My golly! Where's the flags at? I was flagged for saying twisted views on this site! This is totally hogheaded!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Oh my God, matamoros. "Blacks hit harder? Another farce. Hurrican Katrina is a prime example. First of all, IT MISSED all the black people and hit the white people." Please, please, please, please show me some convincing statistics that will back up this statement. Considering the statistics I've read regarding Katrina, this is a painful bit of misinformation. And that's putting it nicely. "The colored folk sat there in NOLA and watched as a CAT 5 storm approached them." See comment above. Also, COLORED FOLK?! "Their imbecile chocolate city choco-mayor" OH MY GOD. I think that most of us who are regulars on here are rational enough to take in new information and, perhaps, alter our existing belief systems if new information warrants it. Therefore, please give us some real information that might warrant these painfully racist statements, as well as the implied generalization that minorities--in particular African-Americans--are "a pack of idiots". If you can't give us real information that backs up these statements, then... OH MY GOD.
Fo-show317771 Fo-show317771 8 years
I never said anything about anyone being White! Like I mentioned once before...I love all people! Im only looking for suggestions for improvement. Its funny how my statements get twisted out of proportion..but Undave can create these awful scenarios and not take much heat for it. We all should be jumping down his throat...and not only Stephley. If this is what he's teaching his children..then I see where the problem is stemming from.
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