Saturday, January 13, 2007

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Environmental Justice

If Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today he would be an environmental justice activist. He would call for the equal protection of all people with respect to environmental issues. He would denounce environmental injustice. He would organize marches to demonstrate against the inhumanity of purposely locating a disproportionate number of pollution facilities in minority and low-income communities.

MLK will have a monument on the National Mall soon. His burial site in Atlanta at the King Center will hopefully receive needed support soon. Hopefully, everything that MLK stood for will come soon. Although he gave his life so that America would be free, he would not like the underbelly that evolved from the freedom he championed. From abandoned waste sites to Black-On-Black Murder, King would have challenges today that easily rival the external threat of racism in the 50's and 60's. Roughly 3,000 lynchings of blacks during the American Black Holocaust and now that number of murders EACH YEAR from the Black-on-Black fractricide. Environmental racism would be on the list but Black-on-Black murder would be at the top of his agenda. So let us remember this great leader on his birthday. There is much work to be done.

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