Skip to comments.New York Times: Lawns Are Symbols of Racism and Bad for Global Warming
Posted on 08/13/2019 6:50:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
While most Americans are spending time this summer enjoying the sun in the comfort of their houses yards, the New York Times is out with a new exposé on how lawn care is problematic, once viewed through the lens of social justice. Lawns are contributing to pollution and climate change, asserts narrator David Botti, and their origins are far from woke, in a seven-minute video on the history of American lawns.
Botti says lawns are part of the colonizing of America, which transformed the landscape from pristine wilderness to identical rows of manicured nature.
These lawns come on the backs of slaves, he continues, zooming in on a painting of George Washington in a field to highlight men cutting the grass with scythes. Its grueling, endless work.
By the 1870s we also see American culture slowly start to embrace lawns for the privileged masses, he states.
The video explains that the perfect lawn is associated with being a model citizen, how the first sprinkler was invented in 1871, and about the advent of so-called trade cards that advertised the hell out of lawn and garden products.
The Times also refers to the work of historian Ted Steinberg, who calls lawns the outdoor expression of 50s conformism.
To drive home the point, he inserts vintage footage of two women being interviewed in their yards talking about how they moved to their communities to live exclusively near other white people. Neither of them says anything about desiring, having, or maintaining a lawn.
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It’s still okay to laugh on FR,right? Then LOL.
The lawn is racist-——even though it’s green. That’s rare.
Ummm... weeds need to be kept at bay too. Maybe not every week but certainly often enough to prevent it from becoming a fire hazard when it dries out.
So lawns are really a fire prevention device and they look nice. Plus they make needed oxygen.
Everyone can sleep peacefully dreaming about little unicorns and rainbows again.
I was just watching a video on the Red Army Faction done by the BBC.
It is shocking how they used the same words, the same people (Intellectuals and students)and the same justification.
I’m beginning to think Antifa and the new uber-left is all being run from the old East Germany.
Only white people value neatness, cleanliness and order apparently.
Now we know how “they” can tell we’re secret racists...our lawns are dog whistles!
I have never had any luck with my lawn, flowers,Yes. Lawns??? None at all. After reading this I am calling a local landscaper and having high quality sod put down. I gotta be white.
Another concocted load of crap from the nyt...
Also known as illegals here from crossing the southern border. Many snow removal and lawn care places employ fully legal and illegal Latinos. Not as many African Americans. At least around here. Same as roofers. Paid low but not slaves.
The lawn itself can still be racist.
As soon as they start using the word “Bourgeoisie” dig up those buried guns and ammo.
Manhattan is totally unsustainable...
It needs to be evacuated and put down.
Well, I guess Hubby is going full on “Lawn King” and more conservative too.
We don’t use Chemicals... they make me sick!
“Lawns Are Symbols of Racism and Bad for Global Warming”
Newspapers are worse.
In the old days people swept their yards with pine tops to keep them bare dirt not grass.
“By the 1870s we also see American culture slowly start to embrace lawns for the privileged masses, “
Five years after slavery ended. There were no slaves cutting grass at this time.
Lawns are a by-product of prosperity. Once regular work weeks were established and a man could have weekends off lawns became popular as a way to enjoy one’s property.
Sometimes there are no words for minds being consumed by maggots
The Lawn Jockeys were the first clue that this day would eventually come. It’s not enough that the Lawn Jockeys were removed, and the Garden Gnomes took their place.
WHAT ABOUT THE GNOMES????? WHO is going to be their voice??!!!
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