I made this comment in response to a comment on my “Overpopulation” post a few weeks back.
I read this article by David Wong today at Cracked, and the last point he made followed mine to a tee.
When people talk about overpopulation and what should be done, they aren’t talking about their family, their friends, or even their country. They are picturing another group of people; a group who they’ve dehumanized in some way to make it okay to discuss reducing, or even eliminating them, in order to “fix” this problem. Here it is, reposted:
1. Achim WolfSeptember 25, 2013 at 2:41 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen, Scientists warn of a rapid collapse of the Earth's ecosystem. The ecological balance is under threat: climate change, population growth and environmental degradation could lead even in this century an irreversible collapse of the global ecosystem. --> http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/06/06/scientists-uncover-evidence-of-impending-tipping-point-for-earth/ The cardinal reason is the sudden development of human population that threatens to devour all our resources. Since 21 August there is therefore a petition at change.org for the introduction of global birth-controls, also in HINDI! If you want to support this or publish it on your website, here is the link: http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/weltweite-geburtenregelungen-verbindlich-einf%C3%BChren-introduce-obligatory-worldwide-birth-controls Please continue to spread the link or the petition as possible to all interested people, organisations etc. Thank you and best regardsAchim Wolf, Germany
2. GooberSeptember 30, 2013 at 9:22 AMAchim:
It is very easy to say that “other people” should stop overpopulating the Earth. Super, super easy. It’s a little less easy to include yourself in that determination, isn’t it?
And by “other people” we are very politely not saying what we really mean – “brown people.” Brown people who you’ve determined that we’d be better off without – who you’ve determined that for the good of the folks already here (read, YOU) shouldn’t have the chance to exist.
I rarely see white folk from developed western nations talking about population control from their own perspective. For instance – do you have kids, Achim?
What are YOU doing to fix the problem?
What is your proposed solution?
This issue is very charged, because the solutions to the problem start to sound pretty genocidal and pretty racist once you wash away the polite patina which guys like you use to obscure the actual goal.
You don’t want YOUR family to be put under population restrictions. You see no reason why YOU shouldn’t be allowed to go on living and consuming. You just want to make sure that there aren’t any other folks that aren’t you and yours competing for the same resources. You just want to keep those brown folk in their place, don’t you, Achim?
If you were truly so worried about overpopulation, you’d actually be doing something. If saving mother Earth was so goddamned important to you, you’d have killed yourself long ago. But YOU keep going on living, don’t you, Achim? YOU keep using those resources, and schlepping on down to the beach on weekends in your car or on the train, using up those resources, don’t you, Achim? The only thing worrying you about the whole mess is the fact that some day, in the future, you’re afraid that you won’t be able to schlep on down to the beach anymore, because some uppity brown dude in India used all your energy.
If you’re so goddamned afraid that the Earth is overpopulating, then do us a favor and kill yourself. Deny YOUR family the right to reproduce. Tell YOUR nephews, nieces, brothers, sisters and children that they aren’t going to be able to fulfill their biological imperative and have kids of their own. But you don’t do that, do you Achim? Nope, your entire effort is focused on places like India and Africa, isn’t it? On places where brutal, hand to mouth existence dictates that people MUST have more children in order to survive. You don’t want to reduce the population of Germany, do you? Until you do, I don’t believe for a second that you’re worried in the slightest about the Earth. I think that you’re just worried about having to compete with them brown folk. Until then, do me the favor of staying your racist ass off my blog.</b>