Thursday, June 24, 2010

A definite case of environmental racism?

Rich Miller at the Capitol Fax goes at length to discuss a man from Kankakee who is under federal indictment for allegedly hiring people to strip asbestos from one of his buildings and then placing them in a field in another town called Hopkins Park. Miller goes on to discuss that Hopkins Park is a low-income and predominantly Black town which was ravaged by tornadoes earlier this month and Kankakee county officials failed to declare that town a disaster area. That forced Gov. Pat Quinn to unilaterlly declare Hopkins Park a disaster area. Unfortunately, this indictment wasn't huge news in Kankakee County as the main newspaper there only gave this story four paragraphs.

Check out Miller's take on this news and the treatment of Hopkins Park, Illinois.

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