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Black Faces, White SpacesReimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors$
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Carolyn Finney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469614489

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469614489.001.0001

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

(p.92) Chapter Five It’s Not Easy Being Green
Black Faces, White Spaces

Carolyn Finney

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses racism and diversity, two hot-button topics that people seem to embrace or reject, but which arise either implicitly or explicitly in the “environment” conversation. It discusses the challenges that racism and diversity present to African Americans and mainstream environmental organizations that are interested in creating more inclusive contexts for environmental management. The chapter considers the debates on racism and diversity, and presents findings that highlight the frustrations and concerns of African American professionals and leaders who struggle to develop strategies to deal with racism in practical ways within decision-making contexts. Finally, it argues that there is a general disconnect between African American environmental professionals and their white counterparts regarding the perception of exclusion and racism within an environmental context.

Keywords:   African Americans, racism, diversity, environmental movement, environmental management

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