A youth environmental group inspired by Greta Thunberg is disbanding because it “has been a racist, white-dominated space.”
The New Zealand-based group made the announcement Saturday on social media.
“This is under the suggestion and guidance of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) members of our group, as well as individual BIPOC activists and organizations. We are not holding any more climate strikes in the Auckland region,” the group explained. “BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, so the fight for climate justice should be led by their voices and needs, not Pākehā ones.”
In their lengthy apology, School Strike 4 Climate Auckland apologized for the past, current and even future racism:
“We apologize for the hurt, burnout, and trauma caused to many BIPOC individuals, including current and past members, as well as BIPOC-led groups. We also apologize for the further trauma caused by our slow action to take responsibility. We recognize that this apology can never be enough to make up for our actions on top of years of systemic and systematic oppression, racism, and the silencing of those who are the most affected by climate change. This apology is just one of our steps in taking accountability for our actions.”
Their organization’s website describes their movement as inspired by young climate activist Greta Thumberg. The climate group says they “are striking from school to tell our politicians to take our futures seriously and treat climate change for what it is – a crisis.”
Thunberg became famous for her outspoken opinions as a young teenager on the public stage, with now 4.9 million followers on Twitter alone:
It’s not just their group’s actions that the Auckland organization deems racist. In the post they even accuse their group of a racist attitude.
The statement concludes with a warning to others: “We fully discourage any future and current Pākehā-led groups from occupying the space we leave behind.”
The woke destroy their own, it seems.
For these groups, it’s never enough just to apologize. According to School Strike 4 Climate, white people must move out of the picture completely to apologize for their ancestors’ sins. While this is happening overseas, it’s important to note this same situation could happen here in the United States.
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