Group for our Fall 2018 Environmental Racism course
Week 5 photo share
November 1, 2018 at 10:18 pm #2154
Please submit your image and brief summary to reflect on this week’s theme: Segregation and its hazards. Remember to include photographer/artist name (or source) and date of the image.
November 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm #2158
I chose this image to represent the unjust equilibrium of the education system in our society. Like talked about in this week’s readings and discussions, this image portrays the concept zoning. Schools act as privilege zones where the more privileged students get better access and resources while the under privileged does not. Unequal systems like the education system further the social, physical, and intellectual gaps in our society at no fault of the under privileged at all.
Image Creator: Mona Manglona
Company: The Digital Source
November 2, 2018 at 9:29 pm #2172
The image I chose for this week’s theme “Segregation and Its Hazards,” shows young students protesting at a climate rally in San Francisco earlier this year. I chose this image because one thing that stood out to me from the three articles we read for Friday was the fact that children are being unfairly trapped in hazardous environments at the hands of politicians. Another piece of frustration for me was the fact that the articles failed to mention sufficient information regarding the activism on behalf of the victims – the students – in addressing the matter that directly impacts them.
I felt as if the articles underestimated the power and voices of the students, perhaps because they focused on kids in elementary school. Yet, as we see in this image, younger generations are politically engaged in this debate and are not ignorant of the hazards they are forcefully exposed to by attending schools in highly polluted areas.
Author: Jonathan Stempel
Date: March 2018
November 3, 2018 at 9:45 am #2177
The image I chose this week stood out to me because you can see children playing on swings, but the air around them is full of pollutants. This relates to what we have discussed this week, that schools are exposed to hazardous toxins, yet we have not done anything to solve this problem. We see that the schools are near freeways, filling the air with hazardous particles, which children are continuously exposed to almost everyday. The children who are most affected are minority children. As seen in this image, 2/3 of the children are African American, demonstrating the racial disparity in the public school system. This image shows the reality of the conditions children are forced to be in, yet they cannot escape because they need to go to these schools.
Artist: Allison McCartney
Date: February 18, 2017
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November 3, 2018 at 4:21 pm #2191
The photo I chose for this week’s theme, “Segregation and its Hazards,” shows a water fountain in a Camden school district building with a label that clearly states “Please do no use”. This photo stood out to me because it demonstrates how there is a large segregation within the education system that is negatively inflicting the current and future generations of this country. In Oliver Milman’s article entitled, “Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study,” he argues that the air pollution is connected with the multiple physical and mental health problems that is found in more black, Hispanic, and low-income students than any other populations. It’s shocking to me that the higher authorities approved to build an Early Childhood Education Center in Camden County when it was previously a chemical dumping site. It was only until 2006, that the extremely high levels of arsenic scared them into demolishing the site and rebuilding it in the same spot with only a single layer of soil excised. Even so, with extreme levels of arsenic, they still initially approved the construction and excising one layer of soil isn’t sufficient enough to be deemed as safe. Also, the fact that most students in Camden are used to buying water bottles is shocking to me because there is a dangerous amount of lead within the drinking fountain. It makes me think about the difference between Camden and San Diego, where I can grab my hydroflask and fill it up anywhere on campus, but across the country in New Jersey, it is more difficult to obtain water.
Date: 8 Feb 2016
Photographer: Sarah Gonalez/WNYC
November 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm #2195
This image depicts an electrical power plant located across the road from an elementary school. As it can be seen, the power plant produces a smoke stack, which pollutes the air that the school children must breathe. The article associated with this image explains that Dearborn Industrial Generation wants to expand the already existing complex, which would produce an additional 913 tonnes of carbon monoxide per year. However, the company believes that the additional pollutants will not have any harming effects. As discussed in class, children are not as protected as one may hope, and many times this is due to greed or “inconvenience”. Although the expansion of the plant will provide more jobs and electricity, it will put many people’s health at risk. Additionally, the article notes that the power plant is located in an area that is predominately Arabic and nearly 70% of residents are low income. Therefore, this also shows how race plays such a major role in influencing decisions that put certain individuals at risk.
Source: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2018/01/16/utility-wants-add-1-000-plus-tons-air-pollutants-dearborns-skies/1029332001/
Photographer: Bill Laitner
Date: Jan 16th, 2018
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November 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm #2206
The photo I chose for this week demonstrates the project developments that occur in many communities of low income. Project developments do not occur in all neighborhoods, they are commonly seen along with other pollutants, in communities that have fewer resources. It is actually very common that when comparing similar project developments in two different communities, the projects that are finished much quicker efficiently, are those that are done in communities that are predominantly wealthy. And the communities that have more minorities and people from a low SES will be done at a slower pace. This in result causes inequity as minorities are exposed to more pollutants, which in the long run affects individuals health.
Source: The Atlantic: How Zoning LAws Exacerbate Inequality
Photographer: ERIC RISBERG
November 4, 2018 at 11:09 am #2209
The article listed below is one of the many released by the Chicago Teachers Union who protest against the stark inequality in education, resources, and environmental safety plaguing students throughout the entire city. In the picture, the boy is holding a sign that says, “This would NOT happen in the GOLD COAST,” which refers to an affluent Chicago neighborhood near Lake Michigan (analogous to Newport Beach). In his neighborhood, in the southeast side (analogous to Anaheim), both adults and children are actively protesting against the use of petroleum coke, which is toxic when it decomposes or is used up. Because of the historical legacies of zoning and deliberate federal policies, the residents of Southeast Chicago are subject to far more pollution and programs that further pollute their neighborhoods than the richer, “coincidentally” more Caucasian communities. To me, this image is not just protesting the use of a toxic waste chemical but the greater structures in place that subject such communities to environmental inequality.
Photographer: Frank Thomas
Article Date: May 9, 2018
November 4, 2018 at 11:28 am #2211
I found an interactive pollution map of LA by the Los Angeles Times that provides a detailed account of the environmental impact index of every area. It is clear that communities of color, surrounded by freeways, are impacted the most. These poor, communities of color are painted red, indicating they are burdened with being exposed to the most pollutants. It was interesting that I could track exactly the type of environment my father grew up in, South Central, specifically on a street with a 44.68 environmental impact index, right next to the 110 freeway. Now that he’s no longer poor he was able to move to an area with an environmental impact index of 11.14. My father was lucky and privileged enough to make it out of poverty and he was determined to raise his children in an area with good public schools, but I don’t think he ever thought about the intense pollution burdens he dealt with and protected his children from.
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November 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm #2216
Leonel Perez HernandezParticipant
Los Angeles, California is one of the busiest cities around the world, which attracts financial and commercial capital. The immensity of this city has a historical genealogy that traces back to colonial periods. However, these ways of organizing under colonial logics and projects still continue to heavily impact policy, structures and people. In this picture, we can appreciate the shadow of an airplane that is about to land and the 405 Freeway. Also in the picture we can see a small, which is part of the Felton Elementary School in the Lennox District. News articles have shown that around the Lennox Community the heavy presence of ultrafine particles near LAX is of high public health concern. Since Los Angeles is a segregated community, these airplane pollution affects communities of color the most. Research continues to solidify the concerns many community members have known for many years.
Source & Author:
https://www.scpr.org/news/2017/07/25/74064/remnants-of-lax-neighborhood-eminent-domain/ Josie Huang; July 25, 2017
Picture Author: Daniel Slim/ AFP/ Getty Images
” An airplane heads for LAX. Expansion plans at the airport are helping drive eminent domain plans for the Manchester Square neighborhood next door” – Daniel Slim
Other Relevant Sites
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November 4, 2018 at 1:31 pm #2224
<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The photo I chose for this week’s topic “segregation and its hazards” is one of a school bus driving through Barrio Logan in Southeast San Diego taken by Sam Hodgson. I found this image on </span><i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Voice of San Diego, </span></i><span style=”font-weight: 400;”>their article titled “Environment Report: Report Throws Shade on Climate Plan’s Impact in Low-Income Communities.” The Barrio Logan community in SD is a predominantly Mexican community, and like many low-income communities they have been damaged by environmental hazards (more so amongst Latinos as we’ve read). This image illustrates how people in poor communities who are trying to get to school are inhibited from receiving a proper education with their health at risk. These city officials invest more in what’s toxic to our communities but less in caring for these children who constantly face these catastrophes that impact their livelihood. </span>
November 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm #2226
For this weeks reading of Docreta Taylor, I was able to relate to the statistics and description of how schools are affected by pollution. So for this weeks photo share I wanted to share something personal, I visited the online site of my middle school and selected a picture from the day of my culmination. My middle school is directly adjacent to a very well known and congested freeway, the 170. This was one of the most meaningful connection I had to the text because we were expected to participate in physical education in 90 plus degree heat and next to a high way commonly used by diesel trailer trucks. The air was thick and it often smelled of fuel. Furthermore, have experienced seeing many schools located extremely close to busy freeways in Los Angeles. It was not until we read this article that I relived driving on these freeways through Los Angeles and the Valley that I was exposed to the truth of how much harm pollution can cause to students. In the Valley schools in predominately white neighborhoods are further away from highways than schools in low-wage minority communities. It was very important for me to share this photo because even though it was a very special day, it was also very noisy, there were honks, tire screeches and a lot of smog that to join our ceremony.
taken by: unknown
title of album: Culmination 6-17-2012
November 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm #2230
This is an image taken at the New Orleans Public Housing Protest. The protest was incited after many families were displaced out of their homes by large corporate developers. This relates to our recent discourse on zoning. The kind of zoning that these individuals were protesting against was exclusionary zoning. In order to limit minority housing options, racially restrictive zoning has changed shapes into exclusionary zoning. The argument of what is deemed to be “proper land use” by people in power, as protested in this photograph, is what left these families without a home.
Photographer: Culture: Subculture Photography
Date: June 17, 2006
November 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm #2234
Although it has been 60 years since the times of Jim Crow, this image of a tear between the white child and the black child unveils how present segregation is in today’s society. School are said to be just as or if not even more segregated. Those who live near charter schools are predominantly white, while those who live by public schools in poor neighbors are predominantly Black and Latinx students. The outcome and effects of this segregation within neighborhoods and schools can be seen in society as a whole, for if one were to look at the student populations of universities, the student population is predominantly white with a low percentage of Black and Latinx students. It can be argued that the public school system does not prepare students as well as students who are prepared in charter and private schools to aim for higher education. The effects of segregation within schools lead to students of color trapped in the cycle of poverty.
Article Title: “Fifty Years Later, Segregation Battles in the Courts”
Author of Article: Sharon McCloskey
Article Dates: 7/18/2013
November 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm #2236
The image I have chosen for this week’s photo share is a cartoon drawn by Gazette Roger in the year 2005. In the image you see an African American man standing in the midst of what you used to be a neighborhood and is now in ruins due to a disaster. As he’s standing in all the rubble he reads a book titled, “Fema’s Guide to Avoiding Disaster”, above the man is a text bubble the explains what is in the book. It states that the first step to avoiding a disaster is gather up your food,water, clothes and any other items you may need, and step 2 states to move to a rich white neighborhood. This relates to this weeks theme as it demonstrates exactly what we’ve been learning, that communities of color, are pushed into geographic regions that are not suitable to health living conditions. The point of this image is to demonstrate that affluent white communities would never have to suffer through disasters or be forced to live next to toxic waste lands. Therefore in order for individuals to avoid these types of living conditions they must move into a white neighborhood, however the reality is that because of their skin color these individuals are not welcomed in these neighborhoods. Therefore it becomes evident that in order to avoid disasters you not only have to move into these neighborhoods but you essentially have to be rich and white which is the current truth in our society.
Cartoon Artist: Gazette Roger
Article Title: Caring for Others
November 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm #2240
This is a photo of a man protesting for the closure of a trash to energy incinerator in Detroit, Michigan which has been known to known to cause higher rates of asthma and other health problems within the neighborhood that it pollutes. This slogan on the sign stuck out to me especially because it places the systems/individuals/policies/corporations in a active role in the environmental hazard inequalities that disproportionately affect communities of color. The statement ties back to the Taylor reading, in which she discusses the futility of the chicken-or-egg debate (whether polluting structures were already in place before communities of color moved in or whether neighborhoods of color are targeted for these polluting structures) as racial zoning significantly limits the number of places available to people of color to live, making them easier targets for polluting structures on the whole.
Photo taken by Jim West; 16 June 2009
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November 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm #2246
This is photo of a sign that reads “no dogs, negroes, mexicans”, it was put up by The Lonestar Restaurant in Dallas. They were put up to keep away and discriminate against Mexicans and African Americans when the Jim Crow laws were in place. Use of signs like this was, and still is hazardous because it panted racist and problematic ideologies in peoples minds. The fact that the Latinx and Black communities are being grouped with dogs is extremely problematic and gave White people a false sense of superiority.
Photo from the Black History Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
November 4, 2018 at 6:25 pm #2248
This week, we spoke at length about segregation in schools and the harmful way it impacts black and brown students. This reminded of the research done on the psychological impact of school segregation during the Brown v. Board of Education era. I have attached a photo of a young boy taking the “doll test”. This experiment was conducted by Dr. Kenneth Clark, also pictured in the photo. Dr. Clark essentially had young black children ascribe characteristics to white and black plastic dolls, and ultimately choose which one they preferred. The children described the white dolls more positively and a majority of them preferred the white doll to the black. Dr. Clark’s research bolstered the fact that segregation bred “self-hatred” and “inferiority” in black children. The psychological damage caused by segregation should be integral to the discourse on the impacts of these structures, alongside the impacts on physical health, SES, and so on.
Source: Taken by Gordon Parks in 1947
Library of Congress Brown v. Board Exhibition
November 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm #2254
I chose this photo to use because it showcases the percentages how effective they or are not making efforts to change police brutality within communities. The need to have to create ways to get police officers better informed and to help them understand their racial biases is a great idea but its sad that in 2018 this is still an issue. In terms of segregation, in areas that are extremely segregated have high rates of police action and patrol. Within these areas, these police officers are extremely biased and are typically picking on the minorities within these communities and acting as if they are threats to society when they aren’t.
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November 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm #2259
This photo was taken 3 years after the Sandy Hook shooting. Sandy Hook, was the first real modern realization that we need to change the laws on gun control because it dealt with children so young. For me, Columbine was the first massive school shooting that I heard about. Since then, gun laws should have changed because without proper enforcement, massacres like this are allowed to happen. This relates to segregation and our discussion in class where there is a difference in public and private school settings with their resources. I haven’t heard of any charter or private schools that have had school shootings. This could be that they have better resources and the money to not have as much burdens as those in public schools. There could also be better security than in public schools. What really stood out to me was that those students who do attend charter or private schools most likely have parents with money. In today’s society, money is power in a lot of ways and because incidents like these don’t affect their children, they don’t find it convincing enough to change the laws.
Photographer: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
November 4, 2018 at 7:22 pm #2261
Last week, two of our readings were about schools built near major high ways and streets and how it is affecting the kids’ health. I think this photo is interesting because you really get to see how close some schools are to major freeways. In one of the articles we read, it said that California made a law stating that schools cannot be built within 500 feet of freeways. However, the picture shows one of many public schools built in Southern California. I made a comment in class that I was confused what the article meant by “with some exceptions”, so I researched it. Schools cannot be built within 500 feet of freeways, unless the “district can mitigate the pollution or determines that space limitations are so severe there are no other options” (http://articles.latimes.com/2007/sep/24/local/me-freeways24). I find it interesting that the law left room for exceptions when it has proven to be a very big problem.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>
Photo by: Stephon Litwinczuk
November 4, 2018 at 7:43 pm #2263
JACKELINE RECINOS LOPEZParticipant
Before Brown v. Board there was a case in California, Mendez v. Westminster, attempting to end segregation in schools. This case however focused on Latinos. The plaintiffs argued that their schools were under resourced compared to the white schools. The defendants argued that Mexicans lacked hygiene and carried diseases. Segregation is no longer legal, but is still seen throughout California. High rate Latino schools have a higher rate of poverty and are less likely to take the SAT and be college ready when compared to their white counterparts. This photo is of students walking to commemorate Mendez v. Westminster, but I also think it shows that to an average person segregation ended years ago so it no longer exists, but we are learning that it still exists. We know that some schools in certain areas perform lower than others. We have been learning how history plays a role in segregation and what is going on in the school system today.
photo taken by: Don Bartletti for the Los Angeles Time via Getty Images
November 4, 2018 at 8:21 pm #2267
This is a photo of the South Bronx taken during the “Decade of Fire.” During the 1970s, fires swept through much of the South Bronx, apparently damaging or destroying 80% of homes. Support from the city, state, and federal government was notoriously lacking. At times, Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the fires, when in reality it was probably a mixture of unchecked building codes and not enough resources to keep the neighborhood safe. Overall, the countless fires in the South Bronx showed how little aid can be given to neighborhoods with predominately minority populations. People were living in danger, ash, soot, smoke, and fear, and the institutions that were supposed to protect them were simply not.
Photo supplied by Gretchen Hildebran at: https://urbanomnibus.net/2011/07/portfolio-decade-of-fire/
November 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm #2269
For this week’s topic, I chose my image as it directly talks about the topic of zoning minority neighborhoods and of the construction of highways through neighborhoods that were there long before. For context, the article talks about a predominately black neighborhood in the city Corpus Christi, Texas, and of talks by the city to relocate and build a highway bridge over the neighborhood, which is already surrounded by heavy industrial sites with virtually no buffer to protect them from air pollution. This kept on creating new zoning areas for industrial companies over the neighborhood and essentially drove many out of the area as they were offered minimal buyouts. Overall, the article goes into depth about the history of the neighborhood and of how the population, as well as health, has declined over the years due to zoning and construction surrounding the neighborhood.
Photographer: Robert Coy
November 4, 2018 at 9:04 pm #2271
In Stringfellow Acid Pits, was a toxic waste dump in Jurupa Valley, California. In the 80s, it became the center of national news because it was making Jurupa Valley one of the most polluted placed in California. The waste dump was intermixing with the water and harming the residents of Jurupa Valley. Students at Glen Avon Elementary school, which was very close to the dump site, would play in the contaminated water. As a result, many of these children got sick and are still dealing with the affects of this environmental hazard. The picture I chose for the week is a child protesting the Stringfellow Acid Pits. I chose this picture because I was reminded of the incident as we discussed schools and how they are often affected by these environmental hazards. This incident shows the public how environmental disasters not only impact people when they are occurring but long after. It illustrates how children are often left to pay for the mistakes of others. Lastly, it shows that more regulations should be put in place when it comes to building schools and other spaces that children would frequent like parks.
November 4, 2018 at 9:21 pm #2274
For this week’s theme of “segregation and its hazards” I chose this photo back in October 2016 from KTLA. In this photo, you can see an explosion from the Torrance refinery due to a power outage and caused a huge flare and a thick smoke over the sky. According to the article “a giant piece of pollution control equipment called a precipitator blew up, filling the air with dust and debris” (LA Times 2016). With much investigation, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, if one piece of the equipment barely missed and crashed into the tank, there would have been thousand tons of modified hydrofluoric acid released into the air. There has been past history with this refinery and how the experienced malfunctions. There have been air regulators attempting to conduct stronger regulations with flaring to ensure the safety of the nearby neighborhoods. Where this explosion taken place is a refinery company in Torrance, California which is about six miles from my house. The surrounding community around the refinery consists of majority Asian and Hispanics. These types of incidents (malfunction or power outages) have been recurring, with issues regarding public nuisances with air pollution around the area. Although the city and the refinery owners have been trying to fix the causes of such incidents, it has caused many residents around the area scares regarding their safety and health.
Date of Article: Nov. 17. 2016
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November 4, 2018 at 9:25 pm #2277
I chose this image because it depicts a mother and child, a relationship that is socially viewed as “pure” and “innocent,” a relationship that is usually viewed as something of sanctity. However, both the mother and her infant child are seen here in a small room, implied to be all they can afford. This photo comes from a collection of photos from San Francisco, illustrating the differences in living conditions between rich and poor. However, these differences run deeper than a simple income statement, and it is harrowing to see how recently this photo was taken. The mother’s handwritten words on the image tell of hardship and burden, and that she wants better for her son. Yet, her son must live and grow in the confines of a small room, without space to play and thrive to avoid the hazards of the outside.
Photographer: Jim Goldberg
November 4, 2018 at 9:32 pm #2282
I chose this photo because it portrays a young woman crossing Grant Avenue in San Francisco’s historic Chinatown. I found this striking because of the history behind the creation of Chinatown that we learned about–a history of racial injustice masked behind zoning laws and “less-violent” forms of structural racism. This being said, it seems as though this space that was created behind the implication fo segregation, is yet again being manipulated by a population that does not inhabit this space, yet still claims proprietorship over it. It is shocking that after decades of this kind of injustice, those in power still use tactics, such as gentrification, to push other populations out.
Reference: “Development stirs trouble in San Francisco’s old Chinatown.” The Daily Record. https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/life/2015/07/26/development-stirs-trouble-san-franciscos-old-chinatown/30698097/
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November 4, 2018 at 9:42 pm #2289
For this weeks photo share, I chose this art for the Segregation and its hazards. The reason why I chose this art is because that segregation is not only about the living it could be also about the segregation in education. I believe that this is one of the hazards of segregation within in our lives and society. I believe that this art shows that there is segregation in education, depends on how your parents are wealthy or not. The ones who are wealthy gets higher chance of getting better education such like private schools, private tutors and having lower student to teacher ratios.
artist: Satish Acharya
April 15, 2016
November 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm #2291
My photo for this week’s share relates to air pollution and the impact it has on schools. After the comment on Sadiq Khan visiting primary schools I was reminded of the fact that London breached its annual legal air pollution limit before the end of January in 2018 (and this was an improvement on previous years due to the Mayor’s policies). The photo depicts a group of young children protesting at their school in Enfield. Although the school itself is rated ‘Outstanding’, its location is anything but: built on North Circular Road (an extremely busy and congested ring road which surrounds inner London), the students here breathe in illegal levels of PM10 and Nitrogen Dioxide on a near daily basis.
Photographer: Chris Radburn
Date: January 2018
November 4, 2018 at 10:49 pm #2302
I would like to share a historically huge earthquake in Japan, which is the Great East Japan Earthquake. It has happened in 2011 Spring. This is the picture which shows the nuclear meltdown in Japan because of the earthquake. Right now, there are still many people who still cannot go back to their house in Tohoku region because of meltdown. However, it costs a lot to repair the city, so the government has not repaired at all. In my view, the government has tons of issues which they need to consider. Therefore, I think that the government and companies can corporate together to repair the city.
November 4, 2018 at 11:35 pm #2307
This is Linda brown from Brown V Board of education case. This case is pretty well known so I will skip the introduction. But I picked this picture because of we related segregation in school and that kind of remind me of this. I find it ironic how its more than 50 years later we’re still having the same problem with serration at school. This case also reminds me of like affirmative action we talk in class.
Source: This undated file photo, location unknown, shows Linda Brown Smith. Smith was a third grader when her father started a class-action suit in 1951 of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark decision against school segregation. (AP Photo, File)
November 4, 2018 at 11:54 pm #2311
African Americans face not only the issue of leaving the ghettos but also the issue of remaining safe in white neighborhoods. Black communities are trapped within ghettos through tactics of law and violence and although several acts have worked to prevent discrimination of territory, the hostility that continue to exist within white communities has prevented black families from moving into them. An interesting fact mentioned by the article author is that a majority of race violence takes place at the border between black and white communities, where people of different races are more frequently meeting and thus being confronted.
Author: Gregory Smithsimon
Source: Are African American families more vulnerable in a largely white neighborhood?
Date: February 21, 2018
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November 5, 2018 at 10:34 am #2319
On June 14, 2017 the Grenfell Tower apartment complex in West London caught on fire, causing over seventy deaths and injuries each. While the fire itself is thought to have been started by a malfunctioning freezer, its rapid spread was due in part to the building’s exterior cladding, which had been added the year prior to improve its physical appearance. The building also had no sprinklers, and many cavity barriers were installed incorrectly. Additionally, the one stairwell situated inside the tower was clogged with litter and old mattresses, making evacuation difficult.
The North Kensington neighborhood is notoriously wealthy, yet the owners of the mostly working-class complex chose not to use fire-resistant cladding in order to save money. Grenfell Tower residents had criticized the landlords and renovation contractors for years, highlighting the neglect for health and safety standards. The management company’s and neighborhood’s refusal to enforce safe living conditions directly led to the injury and death of over 140 low-income people who had been forced into substandard homes.
Photo by Natalie Oxford, https://twitter.com/Natalie_Oxford/status/875001457476608001
December 9, 2018 at 1:45 pm #2996
The photo I chose from Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn is an info graphic that displays the environmental risks that people of color deal with regularly. The graphic makes the point clear, if you are a person of color you are on average far more likely to deal with environmental health exposures than a white person. This relates to segregation and its hazards because it is not because people of color choose to live in environmentally hazardous areas, but are forced to due to a lack of opportunity and economic confinement. The graphic also has kids in the image to remind people that this isn’t just adults, but the youth that are suffering and going to have long term consequences from this exposure.
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