West Oakland activists latch on to environmental justice to push for reparations: ‘It still comes down to race’

Even equal outcomes are no longer enough for the permanent victim class as activists clamp onto another supposed justification for government payouts.

“Don’t talk to me about equity anymore. Let’s talk about reparations.”

As corporations have embraced ideologies compatible with environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring, so too have activists found the intersectionality of grift. Speaking with NPR recently, 75-year-old environmental activist Margaret Gordon from Oakland, California’s West Oakland neighborhood spoke up about her demands in the name of climate justice.

Founder of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, an organization whose objectives read like a glossary of woke buzzwords, Gordon’s eye on environmental justice presented itself as merely a subset of alleged systemic racism.

“It still comes down to race,” she told NPR as she adopted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s concept of racist highways.

“Gordon described how three freeways box in the roughly 23,000 people living in this industrial landscape, three-quarters of them people of color living with the strain of low wages, high housing costs and poor health from increased exposure to pollution,” NPR detailed.

“There’s tons of pollutants, or toxics, in the ground. You cannot put up a garden without having your soil tested,” Gordon went on.

Supporting her position was the latest in climate alarmism from the Toxic Tides project conducted by the University of California Berkeley that assured “over three feet of sea level rise are expected by the end of the century if little is done to slow climate change.”

“These are environmental health issues that need to be addressed now,” Toxic Tides researcher Rachel Morello-Frosch said to NPR.

Merely directing resources to clean up the suspected pollutants, which may or may not pose a threat depending on whether or not the bay waters rise, did not present as a sufficient enough proposal as Gordon adopted the idea that future generations should have the luxury to pick up and move wherever they wish.

“The reparation movement is the next level of civil rights. We should not be in a position of just surviving. We should be thriving,” the activist said

Her position was backed by UC Berkeley environmental engineering professor Maya Carrasquillo who suggested lacking reparations was tantamount to ongoing enslavement, but achieving that goal would provide people, “The full freedom to say, ‘I can leave, or I can stay.’ Or, ‘I have the freedom, the values and the finances to make the future I want.”

The one-sided presentation from NPR went on to include a statement from “Reconsidering Reparations” author Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò who said, “Climate change and reparations in terms of a response to the history of racial injustice have the same roots.”

“Even if you didn’t buy the historical story about why reparations and climate crisis are linked, I think there is a straightforward, practical story if you want to change who faces [high] levels of death, disease and displacement,” he went on.

“It still comes down to race,” Gordon boiled down her argument. “Don’t talk to me about equity anymore. Let’s talk about reparations.”


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