A white elitist in academia says air conditioning is racist.
So far no word from him on when he’ll be tearing it out of his classrooms, his cars and his home.
People like this woke asshole need to be sterilized to save the world from their genes.
So implies Eric Dean Wilson, an instructor and graduate student at the City University of New York. In a recent article for Time magazine, Wilson wrote about how air conditioning will destroy the planet. His essay shows how such “woke” dogmas as critical race theory, equity, and the condemnation of both capitalism and “white supremacy” meet in another “woke” doctrine: environmental extremism.
Wilson has no training in climate science or mechanical engineering. Nevertheless, he teaches “climate-themed writing and environmental justice” at CUNY’s Queens College. Wilson describes his recent book, After Cooling: On Freon, Global Warming, and the Terrible Cost of Comfort, as “a look at air conditioning’s contribution to climate violence, and a critique of the American addiction to personal comfort.”
According to that critique, inventors developed what Wilson calls “mechanical cooling” to help business. As air conditioning became more widespread and available for homes, it “conveyed class status” that “often fell starkly along the color line, too, especially in the South” while “cleaving the world into civilized cooling and barbaric heat,” he wrote.
Wilson’s demand for others to become comfortable with discomfort not only ignores the spirit that led to human progress. It rejects that spirit.
Wilson offers some technological alternatives. But he believes the ultimate solution lies beyond science.
“Renewable energy infrastructure can take us only so far,” he wrote. “The rest of the work is cultural.”
Wilson’s solution combines the cultural and technological. He believes in enacting policies that emphasize public comfort over personal comfort…