The death toll in Haiti resulting from Hurricane Matthew has risen to 877, according to the latest figures put out by The Weather Channel. When all is said and done, this Category 4 hurricane will go down in history as one of the worst natural disasters to hit the planet.
But not everyone views the storm as a natural disaster. Some observers see the damage visited on Haiti as an example of “environmental racism.”
Kwoi? you might ask if you are a speaker of Haitian Creole? According to Aura Bogado, who writes about racial justice and immigration for The Nation, the deaths from the storm were a function of racism, in this case presumably by Mother Nature.
Here is a photocopy of Bogado’s tweet, which along with her Twitter account, appears to have vanished.
Other Twitter users shot back at Bogado, calling her politicization of the storm “disgusting.”
— deplorable_me (@RevTrinaCCA) October 7, 2016
Bogado has previously been published in other left-wing publications like Mother Jones, Newsweek Argentina, Colorlines.com, and The Huffington Post.
The inclusion in her tweet of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag harks back to a list of policy demands by BLM activists that the government and corporations hand out reparations for years of “environmental racism” and “food apartheid” because global warming in their estimation harms blacks the most. Activists demand military spending be cut and more black people be given jobs producing green energy and sustainable foods.
Matthew has now hit Florida, where it lessened to a category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The storm is making its way up the southeastern coast but will eventually head out to sea.
This report, by Andrew Follett, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.