"Nigger" and "Nature"
Expanding the Concept of Environmental Racism

by Larry Lohmann

first published 6 May 2016

Classically, environmental racism is defined in terms of the racialized distribution of pollution. But it's also about the ways people, ethnic groups, nature and pollution are co-defined in the first place. This aspect of environmental racism is perhaps even more visible in forests than elsewhere.

This article appears in World Rainforest Movement Bulletin 223 (April 2016): “Racism in the Forests: A Process of Oppression at the Service of Capital”, available at http://wrm.org.uy/bulletins/issue-223/. The article is also available here in Spanish, French and Portuguese.