How does #BlackLivesMatter connect to our energy policy and Climate Change? We first must critically understand what is the impetus behind #BlackLivesMatter. “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” When we understand that black lives are “systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” in the context of Climate Change we have to understand that pollution, toxic and hazardous waste disposal in black communities has been “systematically and intentionally targeted for demise”.
“Let’s stop asking if HBCUs are needed, let’s focus on what HBCUs can do” – Representative Alma Adams made that statement at the 2015 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference. I recently had the honor of participating on a panel discussion at the White House HBCU Week 2015 “Trends in Federal Investments in STEM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” and I kept thinking, why do we entertain the narrative that maybe historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are no longer needed today? HBCUs are responsible to contributing some of the best and brightest minds to society, without the opportunity of the HBCU the following graduates of HBCUs may not have been cultivated.