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Embodied Control: Biopolitics In The Water Crisis Of Flint, Mi And Appalachian Coal, Sarah Wheeler Jan 2019

Embodied Control: Biopolitics In The Water Crisis Of Flint, Mi And Appalachian Coal, Sarah Wheeler

Occam's Razor

Flint, Michigan still doesn't have clean water or safe pipes. On the border between West Virginia and Pennsylvania, a coal ash pond called Little Blue Run has been leaking toxic metals into nearby streams for four decades (Patterson, 2018). While these two regions differ in their location and history, similarities can be contextualized and understood based on class, race, state sanctioned water contamination, the exploitation of natural resources, and environmental crimes. Given the factors at work when water crises occur, it is crucial to recognize the United States' practice of knowingly poisoning their citizens, to draw parallels between the ...