Canada's mission civilatrice.Peter Gorrie, The Toronto Star's Environment Reporter, wrote an article entitled, "Why Are Greens So White?". The subtitle is "Eco-Apartheid". Here are the key ideas:
1. Environmentalists are failing society because they don't spread their gospel in a way that will attract recent immigrants.
2. Older Canadians are morally obligated to establish cultural hegemony over newcomers from the third world.
3. In the new language of inclusion, apartheid doesn't mean shutting people out, it means not forcing them to come in.
4. If visible minorities are not well-represented in an environmental group, it is a sign that the established culture has sinned.
If Gorrie had cast his argument in purely practical terms, it might have made sense. But the use of the word apartheid in this context is at best moronic and at worst, disgusting. He himself admits that new immigrants are too preoccupied with economic issues to give much thought to conservation which means that this is not in any way an ethnic issue nor a racial one.
One can only suspect that The Toronto Star likes to fan the fires of group tension where none exists in a way that allows it to posture as the guardian of the underdog. Thus "Immigrants are too busy for conservation issues" becomes "Canadians shut immigrants out of conservation groups". Mister, please!