hiking. 11 days earlier I hiked with @spoonielepoopie
and you can see Los Angeles enveloped in smog and marine layer. In between the two hikes Southern California was hit with a major rain storm which the air became cleaner as a result of less cars on the roads. Direct actions (women’s march) and community organizing (BLM and Spitjustice) are ways to get involve but we all contribute to the tangible effects of environmental racism. Car culture, indifference, and energy usage leads to public health disparities in communities of color bearing the weight of higher rates of asthma, unsafe drinking water (Flint), unsafe lead levels in Vernon, or gas leakages. It makes me wonder MLK’s legacy as it gets white washed/ made palatable when environmental racism continually creates pockets of injustice. MLK has said, “The cities are gasping in polluted air and enduring contaminated water... From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.” When can there be freedom when there’s environmental racism that drives disparities and health outcomes are closer associated to your zipcode than anything else.
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