The Sierra Club is “canceling” its own founder for remarks attributed to him made over 100 years ago that are offensive to modern sensitivities – and we’re asking you if this buffoonery, or not.
CBS in Sacramento has the story:
“Muir, who founded the club in 1892, helped spawn the environmental movement and is called “father of our national parks,” is the focus of what Brune called a “truth-telling” about the group’s history.
“He made derogatory comments about Black people and Indigenous peoples that drew on deeply harmful racist stereotypes, though his views evolved later in his life,” Brune wrote on the group’s website. “As the most iconic figure in Sierra Club history, Muir’s words and actions carry an especially heavy weight. They continue to hurt and alienate Indigenous people and people of color.”
Yes, we’re sure that millions of people are horrified that someone whom they most likely never heard of said offensive things over a century ago. Oh, the pain….
On the other hand, there an be an argument that although Muir did have an affinity for nature, his offensive views on minorities will be inextricably linked to him, no matter what good he did for the environment.
Where do you weigh in? Hearts for Buffoonery! X’s for Not.
Is the Sierra Club’s Decision to “Cancel” Its Founder “Buffoonery”?
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