The conflict my partner, Madyn, and I chose to focus on was environmental racism in America. The left side of the collage represents the wealthy who statistically consume and pollute more. The right side of the collage represents people who live in low-income neighborhoods, who, because of the poverty cycle and history of racism in America, are most often brown and black people. Factories, power plants, landfills, and so on are placed in low-income neighborhoods and rural areas, out of sight and mind of people who live in higher income neighborhoods. This causes brown and black people to experience more life-threatening health problems.

We divided the collage into two parts to show the difference in the quality of life between low-income and high-income. Our piece shows the deep racial disparities in exposure to environmental hazards.

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  1. Rachel P Youens · April 11, 2019 Reply

    Ha-Lan and Madyn,
    Your Polemic collage is well organized and pointed, situating as it is – in landscapes with urban and popular imagery. The idealized imagery and cartoons encapsulate the two contemporary realities and proven direct linkages between the order and ‘cleanliess’ of middle and upper class wealth, to the byproducts of consumption, and how those are divided along racial and class lines.

    A/A (concept/execution)
    Your collage is in the Foundation cases on 13th street.

    Thank you,
    Professor Rachel Youens

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