April 19, 2008

Asians doing "Stuff White People Like"

18green01-190.jpgI don't know about the rest of you, but when I think of environmentalism, Woodstock, the beat generation, the hippies, the yippies, or whatever non-racialized fringe movements in the past 250 years, I think about white people. All the flower children, "make love not war," or Save the Whales types seem to have white faces in my mind. One of the funny things about the Stuff White People Like blog is that white people have the reputation for doing things outside of race. It's exactly what one would expect given the fact that white people have the privilege of not thinking about race, but a lot of these fringe movements are good causes. Especially environmentalism. We really do need to start speaking up because even though some white people are promoting the cause of environmentalism, others aren't.

So it's with great pleasure that we can now announce that racial minorities are now getting into environmentalism and raising awareness for what was originally a white person's movement. See the NY Times article about the Green Apple concerts going on this weekend. See the picture of Todd Park Mohr above. An excerpt from the Times article:
PETER SHAPIRO knows what people think when they hear the phrase “Earth Day concert.” Maybe Jackson Browne. Maybe Bonnie Raitt.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The predominantly white singer-songwriters who came to fame in the 1970s were among the first voices in popular culture to speak out on behalf of environmental concerns.

But now Mr. Shapiro and the other organizers of this weekend’s national Green Apple Festival, billed as the country’s biggest Earth Day celebration, want to expand the audience. In trying to draw as many as 500,000 people to its main events — free concerts on Sunday afternoon in eight cities — the festival is reaching out to younger people and to demographic groups that have not traditionally been associated with the environmental movement.

One thing that I did notice about the article is that according to the article, the festival is "reaching out" rather than the minorities "stepping up." But let's not dampen the mood--it's good news that minorities are getting into environmentalism.

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