Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mother Jones Highlights Environmental Racism

Environmental Racism:

Silent Existence

We all know it exists. Predominately black and people of color living near Richmond's Standard Oil Refinery ... cancer clusters and nothing is done.

The old Navy Shipyard at San Francisco's Hunter's Point... again, more cancer clusters, asthma and high rates of other diseases ... yet little is done.

But my question is ... WHY do people continue to stubbornly stay where the job situation is bleak, and health risks are enormous? Moving is a simple answer for many, but there are some for whom the answers are more complicated.

Read Mother Jones articles on this and other related issues- "Black Gold"

Then, glance below and think about:

  • Different ways to live
  • Different ways to parent
  • Different ways to work


Anonymous said...

I have heard many African Americans express the idea that Blacks are urbanites and do not and do not wish to understand the country or anything rural. It is a false notion encouraged by pop culture...Land has been a basis for wealth throughout history.

Anonymous said...

The part about black racism is completely off. Where is the racism? The US Rep for Richmond is black. The Chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus in the Virginia State Assembly is black. If you feel that the government sold you out, it is blacks that represent you that did. But the government really didn't. In order to build low-income housing, like the ones in the story, the government buys the cheapest land possible to build. Sometimes it makes poor choices and builds in bad areas. But it does not force any one to buy these houses. Those who buy them do so on their own accord - they were not discriminated upon, they just decided to pay the least and live next to a refinery. If they develope problems, how is it anybody's fault but their own? As you state, there is plenty of housing in rural America, and other cities, as well.

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