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posted 29 September 2005 04:46 PM      Profile for mersh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From this week's Now:

There is a general belief in North America that the environmental and conservation movement is a whites-only movement. Perhaps it's for a cultural reason that African and Hispanic Americans are not attracted to the conservation movement. Both groups in America tend to be more religious and thus more anthropocentric than their brethren in Africa or Latin America.

It's just a letter to the editor, but just those few lines sum up how incredibly, willfully obtuse and dismissive -- not to mention single-minded -- Watson can be. And, of course, it's nothing new, either. He just seems to be widening his bigotry.

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anne cameron
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posted 29 September 2005 08:45 PM      Profile for anne cameron     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I support Greenpeace but Paul Watson is the main reason I don't support Sea Shepherd. His use of "captain" puts me in mind of those old Southern plantation owners "Colonel" this or that.

The man seems to believe he is the last word on absolutely everything and that his opinions are not only right, but righteous.

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posted 29 September 2005 09:19 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, bloody annoying, isn't it?
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posted 29 September 2005 09:41 PM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

I'll be damned if I'll respond like some sort of eco Jehovah's Witness, banging on doors to convert unbelievers to the cause.

That's my favourite line in the letter! "I'll be demmed if these dem savages want me to go out of my way...well, it makes me simply flabbergasted, what what! I say, what about the Congo these days, hem? Nasty business, that..." etc.

It's rare that we're exposed to such a delightful Colonialist relic. A lot of these colonial powers are, you know, all modernized, and so forth, but this fellow is a near perfect replica! Astounding!

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posted 30 September 2005 12:09 AM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Besides being a disjointed letter the racism is abhorrent. African Americans and hispanics don't care about the environment? What? Is he even remotely aware of the struggles for justice including environmental in the black and hispanic churches?

I also find his anti-prosletyzing comments absurd. If anyone has been evangelical, damn near a self proclaimed messiah, it has been the 'Captain'. What else is his one man mission around the world about? I know from my experience in a sector of the environmental movement that he has admiring apostles who hold him in awe.

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posted 30 September 2005 12:12 AM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The reality is that there is a fairly large environmental justice movement led by people of colour that integrates environmental analysis with analyses of colonialism, capitalism, and environmental racism. It's just that Watson either doesn't know about it, or scoffs at it. Most of the so-called "mainstream" environmental groups are white dominated. They are structurally and culturally racist, and their politics are racist too. They are the ones who need converting or educating.
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posted 30 September 2005 02:09 AM      Profile for Contrarian     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Robert Hunter in Red Blood recalls his involvement with various activist campaigns by Aboriginal and environmental groups.

For one campaign he was stuck on a boat for a while with half the people being non-Aboriginal vegans and the other half being Aboriginal people who were just dying for some meat; he had to sneak off and buy meat for them, much to the vegans' disapproval. Good stories in that book, some funny, some tragic.

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voice of the damned
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posted 30 September 2005 02:17 PM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Paul Watson speak once, about 15 years ago. He made some remark to the effect that he couldn't understand why people in Quebec were arguing about what language store signs were in when whales were being slaughtered all over the place.
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posted 06 October 2005 11:52 PM      Profile for zazzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 

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