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    Students at Amherst College in Massachusetts convened in April to ruminate on whether or not the teachings of one of history’s most influential environmentalists remain relevant, given that he is a “dead white man.”

    Titled, “The Whiteness of Walden: Reading Thoreau with Attention to Race,” the lecture was given by Middlebury College environmental studies professor Rebecca Kneale Gould, who argues that those seeking to advance the environmental movement must acknowledge the “whiteness” of Thoreau’s ideas and legacy.

    "overwhelming 'whiteness'"?

    The event description explains that the U.S. environmental movement is often critiqued “quite justifiably” for its “overwhelming ‘whiteness’” and that it is important to examine where Henry David Thoreau’s work and life “fit into this troubled history.” The event also addressed environmentalists’ “lack of attention to social and environmental justice,” as well as the “racist views of many early conservationists
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    It's not like Thoreau was pro slavery or anything. He celebrated humanity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    It's not like Thoreau was pro slavery or anything. He celebrated humanity.

    They don't care about that any more.

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