camara phyllis jones photo by tony rinaldoFor more than a year the public was complaining about the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The water was so pungent and foamy that one priest had stopped using it for baptisms. The state’s Department of Environmental Quality, confidently announced, “Anyone who is concerned about lead in the drinking water in Flint can relax.” Flint is a majority African-American city. In nearby Detroit, 85% black, schools are heavily infested with rats, roaches and mold. Might those conditions affect the health of an overwhelmingly black student population?  In Baltimore, another largely black city, the levels of lead poisoning among children is three times the national rate. Racism is a big part of the social determinants of health. It’s past time we acknowledge that and do something about it.
 
Camara Phyllis Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist. She is president of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

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The five biggest corporations in the world by market value are Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. Their head honchos the Zuckerbergs, Gates and Bezos make the Vanderbilts, Morgans and Carnegies of the Gilded Age look like pikers. They want absolute domination and control. Monopoly is not a board game for them, it is the essence of their very being. And they rely on state power to secure their position in dominating the means of work and social interaction. Collectively, these technopolies represent a tremendous concentration economic and political power which does not bode well for the needs of a democratic society. Their amassing of our data is threatening. What can be done?

Rob Larson is professor of economics at Tacoma Community College. He is the author of Bleakonomics, Capitalism vs. Freedom and Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley.

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Book DIAR001aB 500x750The great African American sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois in his 1903 classic book, The Souls of Black Folk, wrote, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Well, here we are in the 21st century and the color line and racial injustice remain front and center. Some white people have acknowledged racism as a major issue. Others when challenged are defensive and uncomfortable. The murder of George Floyd brought multi-racial demonstrations against police violence and racial injustice. Monuments, statues, and other symbols of oppression are toppled, and Confederate flags are lowered. These are the first steps in a reckoning that is long overdue.

Robin DiAngelo is an award-winning scholar.  She is Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. She is the author of the bestseller White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

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What will tomorrow bring in the age of COVID-19? There is so much uncertainty. Arundhati Roy sees an opportunity. She writes, “Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks, and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”

pic naomi klein3.5 150x150Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, and columnist is the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. She is author of The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, No Is Not Enough, The Battle for Paradise and On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal. Her articles appear in The Intercept, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and The Guardian, she is co-founder of the climate justice organization The Leap.

 

 

 

 

pic arundhati roy 150x150Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer and global justice activist. The New York Times calls her, "India's most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence." She is the author of the novels The God of Small Things, for which she received the Booker Prize, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Her book of interviews with David Barsamian is The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile. A collection of her essays My Seditious Heart is published by Haymarket.

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