Class & Health

For certain groups of people, their race and gender marks a life of certain percarity. Even more so when you tie in other factors such are gender, class, able-ness and so on. Alicia Garza, is her moving piece “”A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”, discussed the reality of living in percarity in America, and trying to find a way to exist in a strong, resistant manner. She quotes how for minorities, particularly Black African Americans, their lives are “systematically and intentionally targeted for demise”.

In many communities, the way in which the system works against those who are vulnerable is obvious and clear to see like the water crisis in Flint Michigan, or the “phenomenon” of Cancer Valley in between Baton Rouge and New Orleans in Mississippi. In other communities, it is harder to tell, and hidden until it is far to late such as the burning of Grenfell Tower in West London in the UK. For most communities, however, it is very subtle, and very gradual, such as is the case in Port Morris, Bronx, NYC.

The brilliant late professor Teresa Brennan write about the physical, physiological, physiological and emotional relationship between one and their social and physical environments, in her book, “The Transmission of Affect”. For many low income, majority Black and Brown neighborhoods in NYC, this manifests itself in a very literal way. Fort Morris has one of the highest rates of Asthma in NYC, a chronic, inflammatory respiratory condition. The way in which this chronic disease is distributed amongst race, borough, and class in NYC is disturbing and patterned, and the story of Port Morris is one I plan to trace back and document, because it’s story is similar to many in the other boroughs.

The “tendency” to build high pollution generating structures such as smoke stacks, highways, waste transfer stations, sewage treatment plants, is one I plan to financially, as well as politically trace. I plan to start here: Governor Cuomo gave $130 million in grants, tax breaks and tax credits to Fresh Direct in order to move their headquarters to the Bronx, despite community concerns and protest. Cuomo claims that Fresh Direct will produce over 25,000 new jobs, despite that fact that “The company delivers to few Bronx neighborhoods and pays 38% of its workers less than $25,000 a year.”

Who truly gains benefit from the headquarters of Fresh Direct being moved to Port Morris?



#Percarity #Affect #Class&Environment

Thanks for Reading. -Tosin Cole


~ by tosincole on September 25, 2018.

One Response to “Class & Health”

  1. Award: Most informative/ Learning ++
    This blog post was very informative in how you compared the vulnerabilities in alternate communities such as the water crisis in Flint Michagan or the burning of Grenfell Tower in West London in the UK, to that of Fort Morris, Bronx in NYC.

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