1. 12:40 21st Apr 2012

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    Reblogged from markdoesstuff

    It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –

    I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.

    So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.

    — 

    comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Priviledge: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)” (via ouiominy)

    i can’t echo this enough. this happened all the time in Los Angeles. I started biking to work and school (18 miles each way to work, 22 each way to school) in 2005 because I was dirt poor and couldn’t even afford a $3 day pass on the Metro. It wasn’t a fashion statement or an attempt to be green. I needed those $3 to eat. 

    (via panasonicyouth)

    (Source: ominykaress)

     
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