The Flint Water Crisis is one of the most egregious examples of environmental racism in recent memory.
Flint is not anomalous. In every corner of the country poor people and people of color are disproportionately burdened by environmental contamination — in their neighborhoods, schools, and homes.
Drawing from three recent real-world case studies (Flint, Michigan; Newark, New Jersey; and Jackson, Mississippi), we introduce a new mixer activity (suitable for middle and high school students) that surfaces both the causes and consequences of environmental racism.
This lesson, by Matt Reed and Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, is described in the Spring issue of Rethinking Schools magazine.