This ‘Season of Creation’ demands attention to environmental racism
By Daniel P. Horan
National Catholic Reporter
September 2, 2020
After several years of waiting for some kind of environmental justice, news broke in late August that the state of Michigan was expected to pay more than $600 million to residents of Flint as part of a settlement for a case of government neglect and malfeasance that ended up poisoning thousands of people through the city water supply, especially children.
While the commonplace phrase for what transpired in Flint is “water crisis,” this phenomenon is just as aptly described as a case of “environmental racism” because those who have been disproportionately affected by the negative health consequences belong overwhelmingly to communities of color.