Environmental Injustices

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The United States of America stands for a lot of things; but freedom and equality stands way above all of its great attributes that our founding fathers had set forth when drafting the Declaration of Independence. The very basic right provided under the constitution is the first amendment; freedom of speech is clearly stated but what about equality? How has this country guaranteed that each of its citizens are treated and represented equally in our government? As I read the first chapter of “The Environmental Justice Movement, A Political Framework,” it was becoming clear to me that not everyone starts at the same playing field. Some of us are provided free passes to bigger and better things at life simply because of our color of our skins, social status and other environmental factors. Actually, I already had known this for quite some time; it’s difficult not to see it in this community, but what I did not fully comprehend was why? Why is it that as many educated minority men and women do we continue to see more prominent white male middle upper class representatives, politicians and judges in power? If Latinos are the fastest growing minorities in the United States, then why is it that we do not see more minorities in office? The evidence is very clear; minorities do not have sufficient resources enough to keep up with the white male political system. This process is evident as I read “The Political Process Model,” section. It states that “the study of politics is concerned with the processes that determine, who gets what, when, and how.” This is powerful but true! It is clear that those who rise to the top levels of government are the cream of le crème of this country. These individuals are responsible for passing legislation, laws, and regulations just to name a few, that impact our lives every day. The chapter also states that one of…...

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