environmental racism and south central farm

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The results from the dispute over the South Central Farm in south central, Los Angeles, can be seen as repercussions of what Laura Pulido labels in her academic journal as ‘environmental racism’ in the United States. Environmental racism is seen through closer examination by team leader in regards to, history, policy and additional sources, the South Central Farm dispute in comparison to Pulido’s definition of environmental racism, the role that this racism played can be seen in the history, policies, and the remaining community surrounding South Central Farm. In other words, while actual dissolution was not an act of environmental racism, the long-term, and ultimately indirect effects of preexisting environmental racism are to blame. South Central Farm was a 14-acre plot of land that was ran and operated as a fully functional urban farm. It provided much needed support to the community around the farm, that consisted mostly of lower-income and minorities. The farmers, who ran the largest urban city farm at the time, used it for monetary benefit as well as psychological benefit to the community. By growing their own steady supply go goods, many who would not have access to these products normally, benefited immensely from the farm’s existence. If the farmer’s had had the monetary means for remaining on the land, the closing down of the farm could have been avoided. There is a large amount of environmental racism in the surrounding area of the South Central Farm, which historically, played a large role in the initial foundation of this racism. In an effort to better understand the various roles that environmental racism partook in in the eventual closing of South Central Farm, a comprehension of what environmental racism entail... ... middle of paper ... ...e cannot be said for the closing down of the farm. The farmers were illegally squatting on land that was not their own, unfortunately that does not justify their claim to the land and there is no direct correlation between environmental racism and the farm’s re-ceasing by the owner. Indirectly, there are clear connections to the closing of South Central’s Farm and environmental racism present in the city of Los Angeles. However, no matter how much influence environmental racism and white privilege had on the founding and current layout of the city of Los Angeles, environmental racism was not the cause for the dissolution of the South Central Farm. By examining the past of Los Angeles itself, and through the use of Laura Pulido’s explanation of environmental racism it is made clear that environmental racism is not the root of South Central Farm’s eventual closing.

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