Juliet Eilperin's evolution was not necessarily voluntary. She was compelled to quote President Obama on his environmental programs and when he appointed an African American woman to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Perez Jackson. Her brand of liberal elitism is reflected in the traditional environmental organizations that are still among the most segregated sectors in American society. They include blacks, just as long as they 'stay in their place.' In the green groups that is on the administrative staff. For the couple of blacks working policy, those places are primarily weatherization and outreach (EJ). There still aren't a handful of black policy professionals working at the green groups.
So we are delighted that Juliet Eilperin finally decided to write an article about a black environmentalist. Too bad Damu Smith died before she decided to bless a black environmentalist with her pen.