Some say the green movement is largely associated with White people who drive Priuses and carry their newborns in knapsacks.
But Black people, give yourselves more credit.
I’m going to put it like this:
If you, like me, have ever had to choose between turning off the lights upon exiting a room or going to bed with one less limb, then dammit, you too are green.
And if, like me, you were given a backhand for leaving the water running for too long, then you are no less chartreuse than the next hippie.
In popular media, you are more likely to see T-Pain flossing his new diamond encrusted jewelry, than your average Dante munching on a carrot talking about “This is how to grow your own garden and raise livestock”.
Let us all reflect on how we were raised. *begin*
Now I’m pretty sure you conjured up at least one eye roll from one family member for having used up one too many paper towels just to dry your hands.
Or maybe you recollect a time when you had to drive with all the windows rolled down, just so you could get a better view of others enjoying their Air Conditioning.
In a similar vein, you probably flashed back to the winters where you were told to layer it up. Your family had you going to bed sweating in not only in a onesie, but long johns underneath, a scarf on top, some gloves, and if you had one, a snow suit. All of this just so that you wouldn’t have to turn on the heater.
Speaking of heaters, how about those candles? If not used to heat up a room, they were definitely used as a source of light on many a dark nights.
Oh. How about this one…
Maybe you remember the time when you had to add water to that very last dime of dish washing soap, ketchup and/or shampoo to make it stretch.
Friends, I know our culture is viewed as being thrifty, but when you get underneath the covers, you see that in the midst of our penny-pinching, we did not contribute to the over-consumption of natural resources. We made sure that every sip of milk was drank, and every soap sud squeezed.
So, Black people, and any other people who have ever been scolded, grounded, or just plain smacked for not conserving food and electricity, please get those thoughts out of your heads that the Green movement is not for you.
It has always been yours.
Now go buy a prius so everyone will know.