Environmental Racism in Marginalized Communities Environmental racism has been an ongoing issue in the United States. This issue mainly affects communities of color, immigrants, and poor folks who live in urban areas and around public squalors. This creates an unsafe environment for low-income communities and there are hardly any resource to address these environmental destructions. Most poor communities are more than likely to experience pollution than anywhere else because of their social and class status. Due to this, it can determine their breathing and living condition.
The multinational corporations, Wal-Mart, Nike, and Gap, had negative impact on the world through human rights violations, through their control of the media, and by putting smaller local companies out of business. Corporations are often major violators of human rights. "As human rights advocates begin to address corporate crime, they often do so in the absence of any serious government support. As a result, they are tempted to fall back on voluntary codes of conduct adopted by the corporations themselves. At best, this self-monitoring represents "enlightened self-interest" by companies looking for a stable investment climate.
Some dispute the notion to create environmental justice because putting too much emphasis on ridding areas of factories and sites of waste are extremely negative in the face of economics across the country, as well as the world. It was said by Jonathan Adler, an individual involved in the Heartland Institute, that, "By erecting the greatest barriers to economic development in those communities... ... middle of paper ... ...problems. In comparison, Massachusetts's overall asthma rate is 3.6 per 1,000, or in other terms, one-fifth of Roxbury. Activists try to instill these effects into those whom produce the harmful chemicals, but are unsuccessful. Environmental injustice is a prime example of politics in nature that both activists and creators have strong opinions on.
(Baude, p1746) However, the power of taking private property is not c... ... middle of paper ... ...ations of this are predominantly felt across lower income families that find themselves powerless because they are in the crosshairs of large corporations that seek to take their property through the use of eminent domain. Moreover, the unconstitutional aspect of this takings method has also created friction among the effected citizens and the federal government. Besides the social effects that eminent domain has had it is all too clear the negative outcomes that it’s caused on the fragile economies. By forcing people into poorer neighborhoods the government is condemning the lower class to a life of poverty. It is unmistakable that the power of eminent domain has caused the public to despise the government while increasing the gap between the lower and upper class and also further increasing the possibility of corruption between corporations and the government.
(St. Petersburg Times, 1990) Corporations are making big bucks and children are dying. Instead of spending a billion dollars to spit nonsense into young minds, the Partnership should be informing them about the dangers of all drugs, illegal and legal, worthless and profitable. And instead of convincing kids that everyone who smokes pot is a crazy murderer, they should differentiate between drugs and admit that heroin is not the same as marijuana. Without the children's trust, the entire message is worthless. Next time you see an Excedrin commercial, a Just Say No commercial, and then a Miller Lite commercial, realize that they are all the same.
In the modern twenty-first century, there are many parts of society that are overlooked. Those that live in the higher rungs of the social order often live in the comfort of others. This phenomenon is known as environmental racism, which can be defined as any environmental policy, practice, or directive that disproportionately disadvantages nonwhite communities (Desmond and Emirbayer: 196). However, these policies can discriminate against poor whites as well since environmental racism categorically attacks communities that are less economically advantaged and live in poorer neighborhoods. Through environmental racism, the rich profit and the poor suffer, and this is done many times at the cost of people’s lives as seen in the case of Native
However, are the corporations totally bad? After all, we created the corporations to help us and it is our public interest that have gone wild because of our democratic freedom and changed into some international monsters of greed that now dominate the world. The corporations we see are the result of building convenience to the people. These corporations are simply one of the steps to grow. The corporation is not responsible for all this harm.
The situation Sanders shows the people is an “us or them” type making the only real safe decision is to side against corporations. Because the majority of the demographic that Sanders has targeted is middle class and younger Americans, a general dislike towards corporations is reasonable. But by having an open hatred for corporations and Wall Street Sanders has accidentally framed himself to be a hateful person losing credibility and emotional support from voters. This then costs Sanders votes and delegates, and if his strong dislike continues, the nomination. Besides a naïve sense of realism and hatred, Sanders is also playing the victim.
Environmental racism is a key contributing factor to many human and non-human health issues nationwide, and worldwide. In many primarily minority communities, the neighborhoods have become the literal dumping grounds for household garbage, hazardous wastes, and other sources of toxins. Research has shown that people of color are more likely to reside in are... ... middle of paper ... ...R.D. (2005). The Quest of Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution.
Consequently, they will engage in practices, such as banning labor unions and selecting a passive labor force, which frequently consists of young women, to ensure their policies on low wages are met with little or no resistance. Ultimately, in order to attract investments of multinational corporations, governments in third world nations must compete against each other to exploit their own labor force to supply the cheapest products. Furthermore, instead of sharing the profits with the workers, corporations spend most of the money saved from the labors on advertising and celebrity spokespeople. There is no unanimous voice on the subject of globalization from the business community. It is undeniable that unjust labor practices do exist abroad.