Hurricane Matthew’s high death toll in Haiti is really an example of “environmental racism,” says a liberal social justice writer.
Aura Bogado, who writes about racial justice and immigration for The Nation, blamed deaths from the storm on racism, using the hashtag BlackLivesMatter (BLM).
The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew is 339. That’s what environmental racism looks like. #BlackLivesMatter
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) October 7, 2016
Other Twitter users shot back at Bogado calling her politicization of the category 4 storm “disgusting.” Preliminary estimates from officals in Southern Haiti state that at least 400 people have been killed by the storm.
Bogado has previously been published in other left wing politicians like Mother Jones, Newsweek Argentina, Colorlines.com and The Huffington Post.
BLM activists claim in their list of policy demands that the government and corporations must hand out reparations for years of “environmental racism” and “food apartheid” because global warming harms African Americans the most. Activists demand military spending be cut and more black people be given jobs producing green energy and sustainable foods.
Matthew is currently approaching the U.S. state of Flordia as a category 3 storm with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. When it makes landfall, Matthew will likely be stronger than any hurricane in recent decades, including the 2004 Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Jeanne, as well as Hurricane David in 1979, according to the National Weather Service. The storm’s expected to make its way up the East coast, but will head out to sea after striking South Carolina.
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