• Peter

    I find the statement, “The story of lead poisoning in Cleveland in no way resembles the Flint, Michigan case” to be untrue, or a failure to go beyond the surface and recognize the interconnections of environmental justice issues from Detroit to Cleveland and beyond. While the Cleveland lead issue and the Flint water issue have different variables, at the root, they are nearly identical in demonstrating the social, political, and economic neglect of the most vulnerable communities in our society. Both cases are prime examples of environmental injustice, in which environmental and public health hazards disproportionately affect low-income communities of color. Not pointing to these connections perpetuates our proclivity to label each case as an isolated incident, instead of understanding them to be similar byproducts of systemic oppression and disenfranchisement over time.