TITLE

RACIAL REIFICATION AND GLOBAL WARMING: A TRULY INCONVENIENT TRUTH

AUTHOR(S)
Mandell, Bekah
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Boston College Third World Law Journal;Spring2008, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p289
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Scientists have warned of the dangers of climate change for decades, yet no meaningful steps have been taken to address its underlying causes; instead, ineffective strategies to reduce CO2 emissions incrementally have become popular because they do not disturb the racial hierarchy that sustains the social, economic, and legal structure of the United States. The segregated land use patterns and transportation systems that dominate the U.S. landscape have reified race through the perpetuation of a distinct white over black racial hierarchy; those same land use patterns and transportation systems have contributed significantly to global warming by causing a dangerous spike in CO2 emissions. To address the root causes of climate change thus requires a dismantling of the land use and transportation patterns that protect racial hierarchy and preserve white privilege in the United States. As a result, a consensus of inaction has developed to prevent meaningful reductions in emissions.
ACCESSION #
34047832

 

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