Whiteness: problematic

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Former Vice President and likely 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden feels the need to go on an apology tour before officially declaring his POTUS run. These days he's essentially apologizing for being a white guy.

Biden says he regrets he didn't give Anita Hill the "hearing she deserved" when she shared her story of sexual harassment in the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas three decades ago.

"I wish I could have done something," he said. "To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved."

Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearing.

Later, the former vice president, citing cases of domestic violence in the early 1900s, said English Jurisprudential culture, "a white man's culture," has got to change.

"In the 1900s so many women were dying at the hands of their husbands because they were chattel, just like the cattle, or the sheep, that the court of Common Law decided they had to do something about the extent of the deaths. You know what they said? No man has a right to chastise his woman with a rod thicker than the circumference of his thumb. This is English Jurisprudential culture, a white man's culture. It's got to change. It's got to change," Biden demanded.

So not only are white guys being characterized as domestic abusers, apparently they also are expediting the demise of the entire planet.

Caucasian populations are disproportionately contributing to climate change through their eating habits, which uses up more food — and emits more greenhouse gases — than the typical diets of black and Latinx communities, according to a new report published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Researchers tracked information from multiple databases to identify foods considered “environmentally intense” by requiring more precious resources such as water, land and energy to produce — and, as a result, releasing more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide through production and distribution.

Potatoes, beef, apples and milk are some of the worst offenders.

The EPA provided data on per capita food consumption rates for more than 500 foods groups, including water, plus estimates from the NIH on individual diets. Data showed that whites produced an average of 680 kilograms of the CO2 each year, attributable to food and drink, whereas Latinx individuals produced 640 kilograms, and blacks 600.

They also found the diets of white people required 328,000 liters of water on average per year. Latinx used just 307,000 liters, and blacks 311,800. Both black and Latinx individuals used more land per capita with 1,770 and 1,710 square meters per year, respectively, than white people with just 1,550. Nevertheless, white people still made the greatest overall contribution to climate change.

At this rate, it's not beyond the realm of possibility until we hear this from a political candidate on the campaign trail: