Series Number: 78
Editors’ note: This issue of DifferenTakes challenges the dangerous reasoning used in the greening of hate, the scapegoating of immigrants for environmental degradation. It urges environmentalists to pull back from the brink of racism and nativism. Spearheaded by right-wing, white supremacist groups affiliated with the John Tanton network, the greening of hate is a political strategy to attract liberal environmentalists to the conservative fold by using the language of overpopulation. On the latest front, the University of Georgia Press recently published an anthology with contributions from key anti-immigrant advocates, Life on the Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation. It includes a few chapters by well- known environmentalists to lend it legitimacy. One of its editors is Philip Cafaro, president of Progressives for Immigration Reform, a notoriously unprogressive anti-immigrant group.
–Betsy Hartmann and Anne Hendrixson