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  •  if you look at Nigeria or some African countries (6+ / 0-)

    it feels like it IS a white corporate privilege issue. I agree with you thinking within the borders of the US, but not internationally.

    "Im Land der Schatten ist die Wahrheit eine Lüge"

    by mimi on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:36:03 AM PDT

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    •  In the nation of India, traditional people (6+ / 0-)

      are being displaced for a highly destructive mining project that will destroy unique virgin land. This project involves very few people we would traditionally call white. Powerful corporations abuse the land and people of all kinds for profit.

      Of course, there's an element of white privilege that lives on in colonialist corporations like DeBeers, but human and environmental exploitation is a much more encompassing problem than that. It's even bigger than the problems with capitalism.

      Racial divisions are used by the powerful to divide, rule and exploit.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 07:50:09 AM PDT

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      looks like this is as appropriate as any I'll find.

      This reminded me of Bill McKibben's terrific sermon at the Riverside Church of NYC called "God's Taunt".  It's about 22 minutes long and one of my favorite parts is where he addresses (to great cheers, I'd add) the (mostly-American(?)) stereotype you and others have discussed.

      It’s been an education for me—for years I’d always heard that environmentalists were rich white people who’d taken care of their other problems. But this turns out to be untrue. Rich white people are incredibly resistant; most of the people we work with are poor, black, brown, Asian and young, because that’s what the world mostly consists of. It turns out they’re just as concerned about the future as anyone else, and perhaps more so, since the future bears down very hard on you if you’re poor right now. What this means, in the end, is that we’re called not to charity, or maybe even to justice—the scale of injustice is so enormous it’s hard to imagine ever rectifying it. What we’re called to is something even more basic: solidarity.

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 09:34:30 AM PDT

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