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    Denise Oliver Velez

    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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