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Sunday, 17 April 2011

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Leigh Touchton

It's really unfortunate when City Councilmen like Vickers and Wright don't care that:
1. The black infant mortality rate in Valdosta is twice as high for black babies as for white babies
2. The asthma rate nationally for African-Americans is 3 times higher than for white Americans
3. The death to asthma rate nationally for African-Americans is 5 times higher than for white Americans.
4. 75% of the biomass incinerators in Georgia have been proposed for black communities, and the rest for poor white communities.

When politicians vote for the interests of rich Atlanta investors to put a polluting industry in an area that's already been designated an Environmental Justice community by the EPA, then those officials need to go. They ought to be ashamed, their constituents did not elect them to represent rich corporate investors from Atlanta.

What "Environmental Justice Community" means is that the Southside community is already burdened with more than its fair share of pollution. I don't think it's any mystery as to why the black infant mortality rate in Valdosta is twice as high as the white infant mortality rate.

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