“urban ecology and evolution researchers must consider how systems of racial oppression affect the environmental factors driving biological change in cities”
Isn’t it interesting that this comes as the Democrats are running on the theme of systemic racism? It’s probably just a coincidence.
The College Fix reports:
Ecology professors warn about ‘systems of racial oppression’ in urban wildlife
Ecology professors are sounding alarms about racism in urban wildlife and accusing environmentalists of not seeing the connection between the environment and racial issues such as police brutality.
A paper in Science magazine published on August 13 warns that researchers are ignoring the link between racism and urban ecology.
The team of researchers wrote:
We draw on existing research to link racist practices – including residential segregation – to the observed heterogeneous patterns of flora and fauna observed by urban ecologists. As a result, urban ecology and evolution researchers must consider how systems of racial oppression affect the environmental factors driving biological change in cities.
“The origins of environmentalism in the United States were heavily influenced by white men who expressed racist perspectives in their efforts to protect nature,” the researchers said.
The team said that “[w]hite-led environmental and climate movements have long marginalized issues of racial justice” and “have traditionally considered structural violence to be unrelated to environmental issues.”
The researchers said “state-sanctioned police brutality,” “environmental degradation,” and “the climate crisis…reinforce patterns of racial segregation and criminalization of minoritized people in urban public spaces.”
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