Access to Clean, Safe Drinking Water: A Racial Justice Issue

One of the most basic human needs is … water. Without it, we die … it’s that simple. Brendan over at Blind Injustice has written a post to remind us first of the importance of potable water, and second, how water supplies around the globe, and yes even here in the U.S., are diminishing. Thanks, Brendan, for a wake-up-call post we should all be reminded of.

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When some of us (particularly those of us of means) in the United States think of places that lack access to clean drinking water, we think of certain countries on the African continent. And, it is true that parts of Africa struggle to access even the most basic of water services—nine of the ten worst countries in the world in terms of access to clean water are located on that continent.[1]

However, I am concerned that many of us may be blind to issues of water access at home, in the United States of America. Furthermore, I am concerned that many of us may be blind about how this access to water is a racial justice issue.

Sure, a major report on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a few years ago cited systemic racism as being at the core…

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6 thoughts on “Access to Clean, Safe Drinking Water: A Racial Justice Issue

  1. A vital issue. Everyone should have the same basic rights towards water which does not trickle from the skies in a racially predetermined fashion. Taxes are used to ensure that there is an adequate means of supplying water to all., and all colours pay taxes. It’s 2+2=4.

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    • Everyone SHOULD, but not everyone does. If water tested high for lead content in a rich white suburb, they would immediately call it a crisis and work 24/7 to fix the problem. Meanwhile … Flint, Michigan, predominantly Black, is still without potable water. No, it’s not rocket science, but … this nation is run by white elitists … period. Sigh.

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