The impact of high levels of lead in public water sources is an ongoing crisis by the works of the environmental organizations who oversee specific laws and regulations for public water supply. I have put myself in the shoes of those families affected by the Flint crisis, and only feel heartbreak. The severe consequence of lead poising is something no human being should have to experience. Analyzing environmental racism in Flint opened my eyes to the cruel world we live in, where the health of the general population no longer matters when you are not an upper/middle class white citizen. I truly hope that by bringing this form of racism into light, people may see what occurs in predominantly black neighborhoods, like Flint.
This problem has costs to the individual and society. Individually, this unfair treatment of minorities promotes psychological and legal problems. It also has many costs to society, such as financial loss. Most of this problem relates to the abuse of racial profiling as a scientific tool. Racial profiling should not even exist as far as I am concerned because it strictly promotes labeling among minorities.
The Warren County case sparked the environmental justice movement due to its “inequitable distribution of environmental degradation and systematic exclusion of the poor and people of color from environmental decision making is perpetuated by traditional environmental organizations, also known as mainstream environmentalism, and by environmental regulatory agencies”( McGurty, 302). The mainstream environmental movement addressed in this quote, at this time, was an elitist movement made up white middle-aged men (McGurty, 303). The EPA in particular was part of this elitism, and therefore this environment allowed for a gap between the people who needed the EPA’s help and those who were part of the EPA. This divide kept those who were affected negatively by their environment from getting resources from the EPA on a national level. On a governmental level people of color and the economically disadvantaged were not participating in the environmental movement or getting the resources government agencies could provide.
People who support gentrification see it as renovation of the past and modern renewal from the dirty, old, and threatening spaces to clean, modern and safer environment. Neil Smith in his book referred to people being against as “hunter-gatherer rejection of progress.” (Neil Smith,34) . While the oppositionists which are always the people affected by this process see that “gentrification is indeed a dirty world and it should stay a dirty word.” (Neil Smith,34) they of course feel so because their homes and cities are taken or more generally their rights are taken from them and they are being eliminated from the society . “once this process of “gentrification” starts in a district it goes on rapidly until all or most of the original working-class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed.”(Glass 1964:xviii) (Neil Smith,33) Therefore Gentrification is an on-going process once it started in a particular area it changes everything that doesn’t fall within their visions and stops only when everything are for their
For example, “A black man employed by a Minnesota trucking company had racial slurs directed at him and was the target of graffiti written by fellow workers.” (Smeltzer, Terry L. LeapLarry R) Its acts such as these that make the case for restricting hate speech in America. Hate speech has been linked to causing health problems, advocates for hate crimes, and causes emotional instability in the person receiving the insult. Hate crimes and hate speech have gone on throughout history with Hitler and the Jews, America and African slaves, and more recently white Africans and black Africans. We need to restrict hate speech even if it means having to change the first amendment of the
Environmental racism is placement of low-income or minority communities in proximity of environmentally hazardous or degraded environments. the environment people live In can affect the way they live. people have died, some people have gone to jail over this issue government white people. there are a lot of toxic and polluted in the poor country or states. environmental racism is something that is bad for the community.
Proponents believe they when these specific races are being discriminated on media they should be more strict and have consequences for their actions but opponents believe when the public is being discriminated on media, it’s to show that these people are not great for the public, they might even include recent facts about how countries are being destroyed and there are killings by these specific race. I argue that racial discrimination on the media should be addressed more than it already is. I think this because hearing horrible news can cause poor mental and physical health. (“Trump is a Textbook Racist” - Jay A. Pearson) Minority races are still shown more negatively in media than white people. (“Disrupting Implicit Racial Bias and Other Forms of Discrimination to Improve Access Achievement, and Wellness for Students of Color” - David J. Johns) Also there are videos on media, about people getting verbally abused especially races that are constantly attacked.
He claims that such progress has a negative impact upon people’s lives and upon the environment, the purity of which it pollutes and destroys. He displays this belief when he shows a locomotive pass the pond, whistling and rumbling, contrasting with the natural sounds of the birds. I however believe that without industrial progress, society is not evolving and would be staying at the same level. I also do not believe that society would sit down and reflect more on the simplicity of life if industrial progress went away. We would only continue to strive for
Pollution and poverty go hand in hand in a vicious cycle, that is far from being broken. The poor are repeatedly blamed for America 's pollution and land degradation. Poverty is the true cause of land degradation. Land degradation is any change in the condition of the land which reduces its productive potential (Ema.com) The poor are vulnerable to have an impact on health due to land degradation. The poor rely on environmental resources.
The social cost of the actions are extremely high and cause just as many community issues as household familial issues. In Stephen Shepherds “Why Gentrification is Bad” he states that out of fear of being displaced along with the poor don’t contribute to community and that if they were too contribute to the community and the displacement of the poor it would cause an even more severe impact to the community. The social cost of gentrification affects everyone and anyone and that in itself is a concern for people living in the community. All of these things contribute to the instability of a community according to Shepherds the more organized a community is the more likely to have methods for the improvement of the community and its residents but if said residents fear they are at risk at being displaced they won’t contribute much to the community therefore “devaluing” them and then continuing this detrimental cycle. Gentrification affects individuals but also affects communities negatively and if people thought
To conclude, some people around the world have a problem with racism everyday such as rich and poor communities. Other people around the world have racism problems such as black and white. Environmental racism is something that all people around the world deal with everyday. Environmental racism is a problem that can be solved with the help of the government, which should fix it before it destroy every
Recently, in an effort to solve this problem U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the first-ever standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. Another way to prevent environmental racism is by simply minimizing waste, preventing pollution, and using cleaner production techniques that apply to all citizens. Now, environmental classism is defined as "the poor, because of dangerous jobs and residential segregation, are more exposed than the more well-to-do to environmental dangers" (Eitzen, Smith, and Zinn 97). This is something that I have connected with environmental racism; the only difference is that classism focuses on the system of stratification and racism focuses on the race of the individual/family. Unfortunately, when companies come knocking at the door of low-income communities, they have a distinct advantage when looking for a place to put a factory and to dump waste.
The toxic chemicals released from extraction were poisoning clean water sources. This lead to increasing cases of cancer, hyperthyroidism, lupus, and renal failure in people located in areas near the present pipeline. These effects clearly show the vast hazard this oil presents for the environment and society. In conclusion, as stated and proven throughout this essay, the Keystone pipeline creates many environmental issues. The Keystone pipeline should not be built because it endangers the environment and has the ability to create catastrophic damages through pollution and habitat desecration.
history (Angel, 2009). Description (Step 1): Eric Klinenberg’s social autopsy of the Chicago heat wave, aims to address the experienced controversial and ethical issues. Through his ethnographic study and unconventional approaches, Klinenberg adequately illustrates multi dimensions of the event. His case study further examines the outcomes of negligence, response failures, and addresses the disproportional ratio of deaths among the African American community. Klinenberg’s unique assessment also explores the media coverage of the event in addition to the unethical lack of support from politicians, public health officials and local emergency personnel.
They 've purposely place the fate of our Earth 's lungs in the hands of its instigators. With adequate research, humans would also be at risk at the loss of our forests. Earth 's climate, contamination in the air and natural medicines found in these lands will parish. This image calls for us take action, as children of Earth, we must take responsibility and care for our planet. In the words of WWF, who deliberately showcased their slogan to the audience on the bottom right corner, stop