A Black Lives Matter supporter and Grist “justice” writer sparked an interesting Friday debate on Twitter when she claimed that Hurricane Matthew’s high death toll in Haiti is due to “environmental racism.”
The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is 339. That's what environmental racism looks like. #BlackLivesMatter
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) October 7, 2016
The massive hurricane has now killed at least 842 people, according to officials.
The assertion that some form of racism is to blame was met with relentless mockery on Twitter.
— Amy Curtis (@RantyAmyCurtis) October 7, 2016
Dumbest tweet ever, I feel sorry for the pixels that were wasted here. #BlackPixelsMatter
— NonZombieNYC™ ✘ (@NonZomb) October 7, 2016
it was white clouds in the storm, not black clouds. Were they all unarmed?
— Cliff 🇬🇧Johnstone🏴 (@CliffHippoppen) October 7, 2016
In the interest of fairness, We’ll let Atlantic writer Vann R. Newkirk II explain the concept of “environmental racism.”
Well, there you have it.