Why Detroit residents pushed back against tree-planting

Detroiters were refusing city-sponsored “free trees.” A researcher found out the problem: She was the first person to ask them if they wanted them.

Why Detroit residents pushed back against tree-planting by Brentin Mock

I really didn’t want to have to address this. While reading through University of Michigan professor Dorceta Taylor’s latest report, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations,” and thinking about what I would write about it, I had hoped to focus on the solutions. Those solutions — confronting unconscious and subconscious bias and other subtle forms of discrimination — are the parts I had hoped environmentalists would be eager to unpack.

I thought they’d read about the “green ceiling,” where mainstream green NGOs have failed to create a workforce where even two out of 10 of their staffers are people of color, and ask themselves what could they do differently. I thought, naively, that this vast report, complete with reams of data and information on the diversity problem, would actually stir some environmentalists to challenge some of their own assumptions about their black and brown fellow citizens.

I was wrong.

Are there two different versions of environmentalism, one “white,” one “black”?
By Brentin Mock

Christians should first learn from our own failures, of which there are many.

Then, we can learn from the errors of others.

From humility and repentance, there is growth and life.

And a future.

One sign of actually learning about reality is the willingness to ask.

And then, listen.

THAT is the road to victory.

Our Betters, the Ruling Aristocracy, can afford to be blind and deaf to everyone and everything outside of themselves. They have the money, the media and academic backing, and the political clout to do whatever they please, and take whatever they wish, and never pay a price.

We don’t have that luxury.

We must be twice as excellent as they are (at minimum!): not just in the eyes of the poor and the weak, but in the eyes of God as well.1

Let someone else whine about how hard it is, compared to the supposed Good Old Days. God’s people know that a day of reckoning is coming, and it is imperative that when God makes the call, we are in a position to respond.

And the foundations of future victory are laid today.

1This is a goal that is getting easier and easier to attain… assuming we keep our eyes on the ball, and don’t get distracted by Republican scares and talking points. Those people are not Our people: they have their goals, and we have ours.

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