The “Alt-Left” may be more obsessed with race than the “Alt-Right.” For example, one law school professor just wrote a jaw-dropping article about how yesterday’s lunar eclipse was “racist.”
In the article, entitled “American Blackout,” Alice Ristroph wrote in Democracy that: “The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people.”
Ristroph’s piece, which was republished by the Atlantic, is a rambling, disjointed work that talks about everything from the “Just War” theory to the scientific concept of “totality.”
But the main animating point of this screed is Ristroph’s point that yesterday’s eclipse only benefited those parts of America that are rural and majority white. Even though Ristroph herself admits that “The shadow of the moon doesn’t care where it falls or who lives below,” she still makes a mountain out of the fact that the lunar eclipse provided American whites with a spectacular show while “people of color” were mostly left in the dark, so to speak.
From here, Ristroph brings up one of the petty grievances of the Left–the electoral college. Ristroph writes: “The farther you live from other people, the more electoral power you wield.”
This complaint, of course, fails to examine the fact that the most multi-ethnic and multi-racial states in America (California, New York, Texas, Illinois) wield the most the power in the Electoral College, and Ristroph fails to even consider that changing the paradigm would mean that rural America would completely beholden to the whims of urban America.
Considering that urban America already controls the culture, economy, and the media, the fact that rural states have sizable electoral power seems like a trade, albeit an imbalanced one.
For those who live outside of the academic bubble, Professor Ristroph’s article is an example of “environmental racism,” which many consider being the “new Jim Crow.”
On one end of the spectrum, those who believe in environmental racism point out that African-Americans tend to live in areas where water and air quality are poor, and that man-made disasters have a habit of occurring in non-white parts of the country.
This theory presumes that poverty and social destabilization, which in turn leads to ill-kept neighborhoods and pollution problems, is a top-down problem created by America’s racist hierarchy.
“Environmental racism” discounts the scientific evidence that shows the correlation between low IQ scores and poverty and the social data that shows that welfare dependence and single-parent homes foster the growth of crime. Crime-ridden neighborhoods are also far more likely than safe ones to have abandoned and rotting houses, garbage in the street, and other public health hazards.
This is the typical “chicken or the egg” problem.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, some supporters of “environmental racism” blame racism for natural disasters like hurricanes and mudslides. In this upside down world, even the workings of God can be blamed on white racism.