The Right to Health

Is there a “right to health” and if so, are some people more deserving of “good” health and sanitation than others? This question, for most, has an obvious answer, no. However, history reveals a paradoxical tale, one where the term “environmental racism” emerges. Environmental racism refers to the systemically exposing minorities to environmental hazards while disproportionately denying them access to sources of ecological sustenance (such as clean water). Flint, Michigan, a city predominantly populated by Blacks, does not have clean drinking water. The water is not only unclean but the lead found in the city’s drinking water is so corrosive that it corrodes car parts. It appears that Snyder decided that saving cost at the cost of the health Blacks was more important. While this is tragic, this is a large phenomena throughout this country and the world at large. My project will analyze the Flint Water Crisis to determine how this was able to happen and why residents still do not have clean drinking water three years after lead was found in a resident’s home and in an elementary school. I will develop a model so that we can understand environmental racism at large (because this crisis is not the only instance of it. For an example, think of Hurricane Katrina). In order to prevent this from happening in the future, we must understand how it operates, the system that allows it to happen, and why we (the people) could not identify this sooner. My project aims this.

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