21 Apr 2004 Black Activists Condemn Elitist “Earth Day”
Project 21 has issued a press release making the following points:
* Provisions to combat the unproven theory of global warming, as dictated by the United Nation’s Kyoto Protocol, would force almost 1.4 million black and Hispanic Americans out of work and raise the price of food, energy, gasoline and other necessary goods.
* “Smart growth” land use plans restricting new home construction essentially create a new form of segregation by preventing upwardly-mobile black prospective homebuyers from being able to find preferred affordable housing.
* Elitist environmental groups prefer to focus on issues such as abortion and campaign finance reform rather than on legislation that will clean and give an economic jump-start to inner-city communities. These groups also lack diversity in their hiring.
Says Project 21’s Ak’Bar Shabazz:
“Most people in our country favor things such as clean air that are raised on Earth Day. However, I believe that Earth Day has changed into an opportunity for socialists and others with interests in slowing down our economy to suppress the resource development, exploration and production that our country needs to maintain our quality of life.”
Project 21’s Michael King says:
“The notion of sacrificing economic empowerment for the sake of assuaging the feelings of a handful of environmentalists is offensive. These activists seem to think their notions of solving pseudo-scientific concepts like ‘global warming’ will save humanity, but at what cost? These increased costs create a new underclass unable to afford to buy homes, vehicles and household goods.”