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(Al Jazeera)   Not news: being racially discriminated against at your job. Fark: being racially discriminated against at your industrial disaster   (america.aljazeera.com) divider line 24
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-21 10:23:25 AM
This is an old complaint. Keywords "environmental justice."
 
2014-07-21 01:10:46 PM
i'm not gonna buy that house right next to the chemical plant.  Just not going to do it.
 
2014-07-21 01:16:37 PM
Seems more like socioeconomic rather than racial.
 
2014-07-21 01:17:53 PM
Who cares what the race happens to be of the people surrounding it.

How about just not putting chemical plants near populated areas or in areas where the runoff of their chemicals will affect major water supplies?

There I just saved about 10,000 pages of regulations.
 
2014-07-21 01:19:34 PM

CruJones: Seems more like socioeconomic rather than racial.


I thought the same.  The West TX incident had mostly white victims, and West Virginia is the least diverse state in the union.
 
2014-07-21 01:21:29 PM
Do I have this straight?  Poor people live in crappy neighborhoods.  Poor people might be minorities.  This is outrageous and something ought to be done about it.
 
2014-07-21 01:21:33 PM
Hmm.  What would prompt such an article?

FTFA:A recent article "Who's in Danger? Race, Poverty, and Chemical Disasters: A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones," by the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance

Written by:

Robert Bullard is dean at Texas Southern University and author of more than a dozen books that address environmental justice and health issues.

and

Richard Moore is the coordinator of the Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance and co-author of the new report "Who's in Danger? A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones."
 
2014-07-21 01:37:09 PM

Oliver Twisted: Hmm.  What would prompt such an article?

FTFA:A recent article "Who's in Danger? Race, Poverty, and Chemical Disasters: A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones," by the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance

Written by:

Robert Bullard is dean at Texas Southern University and author of more than a dozen books that address environmental justice and health issues.

and

Richard Moore is the coordinator of the Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance and co-author of the new report "Who's in Danger? A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones."


I wish I could say that using an expert's proof of expertise against him is as rare as it is breathtakingly idiotic, but we both know that it's hardly rare.

Well, most of *us* know that. *You* probably don't.

/who the fark *else* do you think has the credentials and desire to write about this?
//I suppose you believe all the anthropologists are wrong about the age of the world and your proof is that they all have Ph.Ds and work for universities or institutions.
 
GBB
2014-07-21 01:42:56 PM
The GOP wouldn't have it any other way.
 
2014-07-21 01:43:16 PM

CruJones: Seems more like socioeconomic rather than racial.


While there's truth to that, it deliberately overlooks the fact that socioeconomic disparity and race go hand-in-hand in this country.

/no, not every s-e disadvantaged community is predominantly minority. As has been observed elsewhere, however: while the footrace may not always go to the swift, it's the sure way to bet.
//at bottom though, yes, the issues here are communities too poor to mount successful NIMBY campaigns, and corporations that don't give a rat's ass about people.
 
2014-07-21 01:45:33 PM

TheGreatGazoo: Who cares what the race happens to be of the people surrounding it.

How about just not putting chemical plants near populated areas or in areas where the runoff of their chemicals will affect major water supplies?

There I just saved about 10,000 pages of regulations.


Because who cares about chemical runoff the kills anything not human? And it's not like that could come back to bite us in the ass later. Just ask the honeybees.

/don't get mad at the regulations. Get mad at the a-hole companies that make regulation necessary.
 
2014-07-21 01:47:09 PM

TheGreatGazoo: Who cares what the race happens to be of the people surrounding it.

How about just not putting chemical plants near populated areas or in areas where the runoff of their chemicals will affect major water supplies?

There I just saved about 10,000 pages of regulations.


Could also use a section about preventing housing and whatnot being built near the chemical plant that the urban area has expanded out to which used to be out in the middle of nowhere.

//or moving/closing the plant.
/I'm sure that could've been worded more clearly.
 
2014-07-21 01:47:45 PM
I say just put all the nation's dangerous plants in Indiana.  Nobody cares about that hell hole.
 
2014-07-21 01:49:52 PM

brimed03: While there's truth to that, it deliberately overlooks the fact that socioeconomic disparity and race go hand-in-hand in this country.


"These communities are either majority African-American, Latino or lower income"

Lower income in this usage is a euphemism for "poor and white".

TVA-country is pretty white-bread.
 
2014-07-21 01:51:58 PM
So basically industrial disasters happen in industrial areas and since poor people live in industrial areas it's discrimination?
 
2014-07-21 01:58:26 PM

abhorrent1: So basically industrial disasters happen in industrial areas and since poor people live in industrial areas it's discrimination?


Yup. Al Jazeera's is slipping into standard American news sensationalism.

It's a shame. I really love flipping on Al Jazeera's news when my in laws are over.
 
2014-07-21 01:59:48 PM

This text is now purple: "These communities are either majority African-American, Latino or lower income"


The sentence for sure is in need of an Oxford comma.
 
2014-07-21 02:08:56 PM

CruJones: Seems more like socioeconomic rather than racial.


This. Rich people don't live next to factories and chemical plants.
 
2014-07-21 03:45:05 PM
As an aside, the "15000 people sent to hospital" by the Richmond, CA incident was vastly inflated by personal-injury touts roaming the neighborhood rounding up folks to take to the emergency room, so that they could file claims against Tesco (or was it Chevron? can't remember).
 
2014-07-21 04:00:45 PM

brimed03: Oliver Twisted: Hmm.  What would prompt such an article?

FTFA:A recent article "Who's in Danger? Race, Poverty, and Chemical Disasters: A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones," by the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance

Written by:

Robert Bullard is dean at Texas Southern University and author of more than a dozen books that address environmental justice and health issues.

and

Richard Moore is the coordinator of the Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, co-coordinator of the Environmental Justice and Health Alliance and co-author of the new report "Who's in Danger? A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones."

I wish I could say that using an expert's proof of expertise against him is as rare as it is breathtakingly idiotic, but we both know that it's hardly rare.

Well, most of *us* know that. *You* probably don't.

/who the fark *else* do you think has the credentials and desire to write about this?
//I suppose you believe all the anthropologists are wrong about the age of the world and your proof is that they all have Ph.Ds and work for universities or institutions.


They wrote a book and then wrote an article to pimp the book.  I thought most people recognize that advertising disguised as news should be universally despised but *you* probably don't.
 
2014-07-21 04:03:48 PM

suid: As an aside, the "15000 people sent to hospital" by the Richmond, CA incident was vastly inflated by personal-injury touts roaming the neighborhood rounding up folks to take to the emergency room, so that they could file claims against Tesco (or was it Chevron? can't remember).


Tesco had a chemical spill? Was it horse meat?
 
2014-07-21 04:17:37 PM

Duane Dibbley: Tesco had a chemical spill? Was it horse meat?


Heh :-). No, it was this company.
 
2014-07-21 08:27:11 PM
LOL, did they just ignore all of NJ?? Or anywhere DuPont put a plant/company town?
 
2014-07-22 11:46:26 AM

Oliver Twisted: They wrote a book and then wrote an article to pimp the book. I thought most people recognize that advertising disguised as news should be universally despised but *you* probably don't.


They published the results of their study, and issued a press release to summarize the study. I'd much rather have the authors writing the press release than some uninformed "science" "journalist" who doesn't understand the results and would say something like "Chevron hates black people" or whatever. If you think that's uncommon or advertising in any way, you're an idiot. Oh, and if you really think this is advertising, you'd be surprised to know that you can download the entire report, for free.
 
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