Analysis Of Nydia Velazquez's In Search Of Justice

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Nydia Velazquez is a representative for New York’s Twelfth Congressional District, which includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. In her essay “In Search of Justice,” Velazquez describes several unjust situations that happened in her district. She points out that the residents of Greenpoint, which is the heart of her district, are among the poorest in the country. She argues that large corporations carelessly dump their waste next to poor minorities’ living areas and emphasizes the terrible air conditions in her district. Velazquez believes that minority communities are treated unfairly under the environmental law, which targets large corporations. It is clear that the lives of minorities and the lower class are not being valued enough. By only focusing on…show more content…
Velazquez concludes that “from clothes to computers… , no American child is immune from the underlying suggestion that owning these things defines success. While the message of excess materialism is toxic for all our children, it is especially cruel for the one out of six American children living in the poverty” (769). The phrase “no American child” indicates that Velazquez is biased when she discusses large corporations’ influences on children. Her tone suggests that she is against material possessions. She finds them toxic and that is how she draws her comparison to the toxicity of the corporations. This use of rhetoric conveys that Velazquez exaggerates the negative effect of large corporations’ products. She ignores the initial purpose, when these large corporations invent technology, is to make people’s lives more convenient and help people to sort their problems, which can only be done with machines. The location of waste seems like a minor issue in comparison to all the great benefits that come with the products of these large
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