In case you have been living under a rock, or on the West Coast (if we are being honest, what’s the difference?) you may have heard about this hurricane tearing through the Caribbean and soon to hit the South East coast of the US. As a resident of Charleston, SC, this means the inevitable flooding and evacuation of thousands of people. In fact, our governor has already mandated that people leave their homes.
But we aren’t here to talk about that, kind reader. Oh no, we are here to talk about the fact that Hurricane Matthew is racist.
Yes, I woke up today and checked twitter to see the progress of Matthew barreling toward me, and instead I was met with the hottest of takes,
The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is 339. That’s what environmental racism looks like.
#BlackLivesMatter – @AuraBogado 12:01 AM – 7 Oct 2016
This legitimately saddened me. We have poor people in poor countries dying, we have people in the US that very may well die due to the intensity and flooding caused by this storm, and it’s instantly turned into a political cause.
But let’s say this is true, let’s say that nature is racist. How do we go about fixing this? How do we solve this issue? Since the dawn of time people have been trying to figure out how to survive nature and what it has to throw at us. But this doesn’t fit the narrative, right? The narrative that black people are oppressed so much that even a non-living thing has decided to take it’s anger out on black people.
I happen to believe that black people do get the raw end of the stick a lot of times. However, it’s not at the hand of nature, it’s at the hand of the State. Wherever there is oppression, there is a State-backed force. If BLM turned their eyes on the State, instead of nature, change may actually take place to give people liberty.
But instead, we are distracted from actual issues caused by the State, because of a racist hurricane.
Mother nature is not racist. She is an equal opportunity destroyer.