…ENDING BOTANICAL RACISM E.Woodford spoke to poster of botanical racism. This phrase means different things to different people. To us it means that weeds have as much right to exist as do plants with cultivated blooms.The spirit-filled volunteers called weeds are usually stronger, more and more prolific than cultivated plants.
While anybody who talks to his plants would be considered eccentric, it would be difficult to find a pet owner who does not talk to his animal. Yes, I’ll admit it. I talk to my cat – but I would not give my life for her or imagine that her life is as valuable as that of a human. Nor would I spend thousands of dollars curing her of a disease; that money could be more humanely spent. I think it’s a safe bet that she will not be reading this post.
The organized animal rights movement can trace its roots back some two hundred years. Not surprisingly, it was the British and Americans who pioneered this field. The same British and Americans who fought to abolish slavery.
While the issue of slavery is not necessarily a racial one, it is difficult to deny that there were racial overtones – especially as it existed in the 19th century. Though few, at the time, would argue that the darker races were the equals of whites, nevertheless there was clamoring for humane treatment of these people. After all, they have rights.
In ancient times, it was typically economics or nationality that was linked to slavery. Poor people sold their children into slavery and the soldiers of vanquished armies became slaves. In ancient Rome, while slaves had few rights, over time their lot improved. After all, even though a slave was likely from a lower class, or a foreigner, he was still human – and worthy of some rights.
Over the course of history, rights and suffrage have been granted more and more liberally. Granted, this progression has not always been smooth. Yet a pattern is discernible. Western society has been granting these rights to the most worthy first and then, in more or less chronological order, including the more lowly. The rights of women and children are a special case – for obvious reasons.
I wonder how many foreign slaves, upon receiving their new rights, realized that they were the beginning of a continuum that would extend all the way to weeds.