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Race is the biggest indicator in the US of whether you live near toxic waste

THIS LANDFILL IS YOUR LANDFILL 

Written by Zoë Schlanger

March 22, 2017

Go looking for the local landfill or toxic waste treatment facility in any US county with a mostly white population, and you’ll likely find it in the black or Latino neighborhoods. That’s because in the US, your race is the single biggest factor that determines whether you live near a hazardous waste facility.

In 2016, a study published in Environmental Research Letters found “a consistent pattern over a 30-year period of placing hazardous waste facilities in neighborhoods where poor people and people of color live.”

“In fact, places that are already disproportionately populated by minorities, and where their numbers are growing, have the best chances of being selected  ,” Paul Mohai, a professor and the founder of the environmental justice program at the University of Michigan who coauthored the paper, wrote in an email.

The paper followed decades of reports finding much the same: As reported by The Nation, in 1983 the Government Accountability Office found that black people made up the majority of communities near landfills, and a 2007 report, authored by a group of university-affiliated experts in environmental policy and published by the United Church of Christ, found that things had actually gotten worse since the 80s: “[M]any of our communities not only face the same problems they did back then, but now they face new ones because of government cutbacks in enforcement, weakening health protection, and dismantling the environmental justice regulatory apparatus.”

Any remaining environmental justice regulation in the US is likely to be further dismantled in the near future. The Trump administration’s proposed budget for the US Environmental Protection Agency would gut the agency’s environmental justice work by 78%, and likely cut into the EPA’s civil rights office‘s resources, which was set up to handle disparities in geographical distribution of pollution. Mustafa Ali, the head of the environmental justice program at the EPA, has already resigned.

It’s worth pointing out that the EPA’s civil rights office doesn’t exactly have a robust history of reform; the EPA denied 95% of civil rights claims they received since the mid-1990s. When the agency made a formal finding of discrimination on the day before Trump’s inauguration, it was just the second such finding in the office’s history—the first was a preliminary finding in 2011.

Now it appears the federal government will completely take itself out of the business of addressing environmental discrimination.

Living near a hazardous-waste landfill is not just a gross nuisance; it makes you sicker. Air pollution from these sites can lead to a range of health problems.

People of color in the US are also exposed to a 38% higher level of nitrogen dioxide, on average, than white people.
Nitrogen dioxide is pumped out of power plants and exhaust pipes on cars and trucks, and is linked to asthma, bronchitis, and a host of other respiratory problems. And when a power plant emits nitrogen dioxide, it likely also emits sulfur dioxide, another respiratory irritant.

Chronic respiratory diseases make daily life harder and shorten life spans
. Children are especially susceptible; air pollution exposure has been shown to cause cognitive delays in children, and when expecting mothers are subjected to air pollution, it increases their child’s risk for early birth and low birth weight, both of which risk for impaired brain development down the road.
Detroit is a good example for how the racial disparities in pollution exposure play out in America. Much of Detroit’s heavy industry—steel making, oil refining, and coal-fired power plantsis clustered in the majority-black neighborhoods in the southwest part of the city. In 2011, Mohai mapped Detroit’s public schools over air pollution data. He found 82% of black students went to schools in the most polluted parts of the city, while 44% of white students did. And the children in those pollution-exposed schools scored lower on standardized tests.

https://qz.com/939612/race-is-the-biggest-indicator-in-the-us-of-whether-you-live-near-toxic-waste/

Agelbert NOTE: Only a racist, privileged, clueless moron (e.g. a Trumper) would be surprised at the above, ESPECIALLY the irrefutable Mens Rea involved in selecting the LOCATION of past (and future) hazardous waste dumps and toxic industry infrastructure by BIGOTED Town council zoning boards ALL OVER THE USA.

The Trumpers would then immediately react, OF COURSE, by calling it "Soros backed fake news".  ::)
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This is what 'black privilege' looks like


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/15/1402524/-This-is-what-black-privilege-looks-like

Holy Bleeding S h I t! That is magnificent, AG. Deeply moving.

Most here won't watch it. I consider myself fortunate that I did.

This spoken word poetry slam stuff can sometimes catch you with a swift uppercut for a knockout, like this. I refer you to the work of Agnes Torok.


Agnes gets it. Such an eloquent and brave exposure of the reality of the cruelty of capitalism needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

Thank you. I just chanced on it. I can never stop admiring Blacks for all the S H I T they go through. Sure, I've been dealing with that prejudice crap all my life. BUT, at least in public I have been able to "pass". I have never had to deal with the fecal effluent of sardonic and cruel hate mocking most Blacks have to deal with. I don't think I could have handled it without going postal. But, who knows? God often provides strength when we feel we have none.
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Idaho company defends using blatantly racist imagery on its trucks 

By wagatwe   

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017 ·  1:36 PM EDT

SNIPPET:

It’s common knowledge that depicting Black people with watermelon—or even just insinuating that we love to eat it—is racially insensitive at best. If you’re unfamiliar with the reasons why watermelon became such an awful symbol of hatred and oppression, I recommend this piece from the Atlantic (emphasis mine):

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But the stereotype that African Americans are excessively fond of watermelon emerged for a specific historical reason and served a specific political purpose. The trope came into full force when slaves won their emancipation during the Civil War. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom. Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This racist trope then exploded in American popular culture, becoming so pervasive that its historical origin became obscure. Few Americans in 1900 would’ve guessed the stereotype was less than half a century old.

But like any good, ol’ racist, Dixie Services owner Valentine wouldn’t let something like history or facts to ruin his racist fun. ABC affiliate KXLY reports reveals that he’s just as clueless as you’d expect (or perhaps he’s just pretending to be):



http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/25/1655943/-Idaho-company-defends-using-blatantly-racist-imagery-on-its-trucks
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Trial and Terror

The U.S. government has prosecuted 796 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never even got close to committing an act of violence. 

Data last updated on April 20, 2017

SNIPPET:

The U.S. government segregates terrorism cases into two categories — domestic and international. This database contains cases classified as international terrorism, though many of the people charged never left the United States or communicated with anyone outside the country.

Since the 9/11 attacks, most of the 796 terrorism defendants prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice have been charged with material support for terrorism, criminal conspiracy, immigration violations, or making false statements — vague, nonviolent offenses that give prosecutors wide latitude for scoring quick convictions or plea bargains. 523 defendants have pleaded guilty to charges, while the courts found 175 guilty at trial. Just 2 have been acquitted and 3 have seen their charges dropped or dismissed, giving the Justice Department a near-perfect record of conviction in terrorism cases.

Today, 345 people charged with terrorism-related offenses are in custody in the United States, including 58 defendants who are awaiting trial and remain innocent until proven guilty.

Very few terrorism defendants had the means or opportunity to commit an act of violence. The majority had no direct connection to terrorist organizations. Many were caught up in FBI stings, in which an informant or undercover agent posed as a member of a terrorist organization. The U.S. government nevertheless defines such cases as international terrorism.

415 terrorism defendants have been released from custody, often with no provision for supervision or ongoing surveillance, suggesting that the government does not regard them as imminent threats to the homeland.

A large proportion of the defendants who did have direct connections to terrorist groups were recruited as informants or cooperating witnesses and served little or no time in prison. At present, there have been 32 such cooperators. By contrast, many of the 296 defendants caught up in FBI stings have received decades in prison because they had no information or testimony to trade. They simply didn’t know any terrorists.



https://trial-and-terror.theintercept.com/

 


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Whatever services Dixie offers I'd take my business elsewhere.  The customers are the problem, not the idiot businessman.  In a just world he would have his free speech but no income.

The very LEAST a person must do is not take their business to that racist scum. If you think this is just about business behavior and free speech, you do not want to deal with the harm that sardonic, cruel, mocking and demeaning racist bullshit does to degrade the fabric of human society.

Racism, like unregulated Capitalism, IS CRIMINAL! And it is NOT a victimless crime!


This is what 'black privilege' looks like


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/15/1402524/-This-is-what-black-privilege-looks-like

Holy Bleeding S h I t! That is magnificent, AG. Deeply moving.

Most here won't watch it. I consider myself fortunate that I did.

This spoken word poetry slam stuff can sometimes catch you with a swift uppercut for a knockout, like this. I refer you to the work of Agnes Torok.



Agnes gets it. Such an eloquent and brave exposure of the reality of the cruelty of capitalism needs to be shouted from the rooftops!

Thank you. I just chanced on it. I can never stop admiring Blacks for all the S H I T they go through. Sure, I've been dealing with that prejudice crap all my life. BUT, at least in public I have been able to "pass". I have never had to deal with the fecal effluent of sardonic and cruel hate mocking most Blacks have to deal with. I don't think I could have handled it without going postal. But, who knows? God often provides strength when we feel we have none.
Leges         Sine    Moribus     Vanae   
Faith,
if it has not works, is dead, being alone.

 

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