Black Lives Matter: Climate change, borders are racist

Black Lives Matter: Climate change, borders are racist

Black Lives Matter claims climate change and borders are racist.
Facebook: BLMUK
Black Lives Matter claims climate change and borders are racist.
Facebook: BLMUK

On Tuesday, the UK Guardian reported that activists with the UK version of the socialist anti-police group Black Lives Matter shut down London City airport.  The group apparently told the Guardian they believe climate change, or global warming (take your pick) is racist.  So are international borders.

Worse yet, the Guardian article, apparently written by someone in the movement, seems to think it makes “perfect sense.”

“Today’s BLM protest at London City airport makes perfect sense: whether it’s via air pollution or police detention, race inequality is alive and kicking in Britain,” the Guardian said.

The article, headlined, “Climate change is a racist crisis: that’s why Black Lives Matter closed an airport,” says:
The aim of that last action, when BLMUK shut down major traffic arteries in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Nottingham, was to re-centre the conversation around black lives, here in the UK. In a video we released two days before the action, figures such as Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean Rigg died in police custody in 2008, spokespeople from Movement For Justice and others laid out our message for the world to hear. And it was clear that in police custody, in prisons, in employment, in education and on our streets racial inequality is alive and kicking in Britain.

Today we are saying that the climate crisis is a racist crisis. On the one hand Britain is the biggest contributor per capita to global temperature change. It is also one of the least vulnerable to the effects of climate change. On the other hand, seven of the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change are in sub-Saharan Africa.

We’re not saying that climate change affects only black people. However, it is communities in the global south that bear the brunt of the consequences of climate change, whether physical – floods, desertification, increased water scarcity and tornadoes – or political: conflict and racist borders. While a tiny elite can fly to and from London City airport, sometimes as a daily commute, this year alone 3,176 migrants have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean, trying to reach safety on the shores of Europe.

The article also mentions that all of the protesters were white.

“That is not an accident,” the article says.  “Black Lives Matter UK is and has always been black-led. It should not be surprising that black people could pull something like this off. And it should not be surprising that we would be able to find nine white people who believe that black lives matter. There is a need for white people to take responsibility in a society that privileges them through racism and anti-black racism.”

Moreover, it seems the U.S. version of BLM agrees.

“We are in total conversation with the people who created the movement in the U.S…they are in full support and when they wake up in a few hours they will release a statement saying that,” BLM activist Alex told Sky News.

Nine protesters locked themselves together on the runway, said.   Seven of those protesters were arrested on suspicion of “aggravated trespass.”

The moral of the story?  Weather is now racist.  So are borders.

And the global stupid marches on…


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