Cornel West Protests Fossil Fuel Industry: ‘We Now Have a Planetary Selma’
Civil rights activist and academic Dr. Cornel West joined a protest on Friday at Harvard University pushing for the institution to divest all of its coal, oil and gas industries holding. West compared fossil fuel production to racism and the civil rights movement.
“Ecological catastrophe is as evil as white supremacist catastrophe, anti-Jewish catastrophe, anti-gay catastrophe, anti-Muslim catastrophe,” West said, according to The Guardian.
West then addressed the university’s president, Drew Faust, who last year publicly opposed divestment but has not released any statement on this latest effort.
“Doctor Faust, we now have a planetary Selma,” West said. “We want you on the right side.”
“As evil as … anti-Jewish catastrophe?” A lot of these fossil fuel divestitards are also on board with anti-Israel BDS.
If the world suddenly stopped needing oil tomorrow, many Islamic countries would be disparately impacted.
Also, there has to be some way to mash together the gas station and the Holocaust.