Chapter 14: Racism and youth climate activism: what can we learn from racism allegations about the image exclusions of black women activists?
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There has been very little work focusing on racism allegations made by black youth climate activists, particularly against liberal media and climate organisations. The chapter synthesises the findings of three publicised racism allegations made by black youth activists. I analysed the introduction of the allegations, apologies, media interviews, and social media commentary thereafter. The findings show that activists find it challenging to introduce racism allegations; the onus is on the activists to prove racism, and the activists experience undermining based on age, gender, and location. The apologies they received ignored important parts of the allegations and reinforced racist assumptions. I also propose ideas for future work, including extending theoretical exploration of the links between individual, systemic, and climate racism; strengthening our understanding of apology and racial injustices in climate activism; studying experiences and perceptions of racism challenges in youth climate movements; and developing platforms dedicated to black youth activists.

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