Monday, October 24, 2011

Racism and Population Fears

Here's an excerpt from an excellent, hard-hitting article by Brendan O'Neill on the unspoken message behind the population control frenzy. From the Telegraph:
PC lingo can't disguise the racist Malthusian subtext of the '7 billionth baby' panic

With the seven billionth human being due to be born this week, the media is assaulting us with Malthusian-minded articles about the dangers of "too many people". And aside from their mean-spiritedness, what do these nauseating news reports have in common? They're illustrated with pictures of black people. Or sometimes brown people. If it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then the stock photos used in articles about overpopulation – Indians squeezing on to a train, Chinese women going shopping, black babies sleeping – frequently reveal more about the modern Malthusian outlook than the articles themselves do.

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