Monday, December 18, 2006

Moving: Is It a Viable Environmental Justice Option

If you live in a community where your health and the health of your children are threatened by dangerous pollution, should you simply move? Even if you are not 'bought out' by the company or companies producing the effluent or emissions, should you move? If there is evidence that many people in your community are sick with and have died from cancer and other debilitating diseases, should you move? If you have exhausted every option, including protesting, litigation, dialogue, and personal appeals for mitigation, should you move?

When racism was truly rampant in the first half of the 20th Century, Blacks packed up everything they owned, or left everything they owned, and moved. Racism was so toxic in the South that Blacks moved away from it. During the Great Migration, millions of Blacks moved from the fields to Northern urban centers. In an ironic modern twist of fate, now many of those urban centers have become extremely toxic to the health of Blacks, particulary young Black males. The question remains, in the face of signifcant toxic threats: Do you stay or do you go?

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