Thursday, September 1, 2016

'How dare you ... let our kids play in lead and arsenic soil,' says mom to Indiana officials

"They show all the signs of symptoms of having lead poisoning," Shantell Allen said.





The Allen family  in Indiana had received a letter from the federal agency informing that their yard had lead poisoning. The yard has been tested at the end of 2014 and the Allen family received the letter on July 11, 2016. So, that means that her children have been playing on the yard through out the year until she got that letter. Now, her kids have been poison by lead and they are showing symptoms like fevers, chills, and vomiting. Also, about 1,000 of their neighbors had the same problem too.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/30/health/indiana-lead-contamination/index.html

It connects to U.S history because their were segregation of whites and blacks throughout the city and the African Americans would get the worst housing conditions. Which led them to be sick, same with the Allen family because the federal agency did not inform them that they had lead poisoning in their yard until two years later.


Do you think is fair that the federal agency waited almost two years to inform the Allen family about the lead poisoning in their yard? Explain.


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  2. I find it interesting that the federal agency took almost 2 years to inform the family as well as their neighbors about this pretty dangerous and fatal poison contaminations in their yards and in no way do I think it's fair or justified. I'm not if it's because of their race, but it very well could be. It could also just be the area they live in. Unfortunately some areas just don't get the attention and priority it needs, and in this case, lead and arsenic in a family area, should have defiantly been top priority.

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  3. I don't think its fair that the federal agency waited two years because the symptoms people in that community are going through could've been prevented. I also don't think race was the main reason why the federal agency waited two years but it could've played a part in what issues the agency prioritizes.

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  4. I agree with Jayna and Neha stating that maybe their race wasn't a main reason about the lack of notification to the family along with their neighbors. It is unfortunate that the federal agency waited 2 years to notify the family that their yard had lead poisoning. It isn't fair to the families nor their neighbors because it is a big concern for their children who now have lead poisoning.

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    1. I agree with you and Jayna and Neha that it doesn't have to be race, it could've happen to anyone.

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  5. This is not fair because it took 2 years to figure out one little thing

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  6. I don't think it was fair that they waited 2 years to let them know about the poisoning. The reason being is because kids were involved and exposed to lead for a long time that could have gotten them sick. I also agree with Neha, Jayna and Anna that this probably didn't have anything to do with race, the reason being is that there was a statement that they didn't notify the rest of the people. They could have been people of any race that didn't get notified. That is why I think race had nothing to do with it.

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  7. It was not fair that the federal agency took 2 years to investigate the issue. I don't think race played a role in this case. The government in general is slow. Knowing that many people live in the area, the federal agency should have put priority into the investigation. The government doesn't choose where the blacks live. Anyone living there could have been affected by the lead poisoning.

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  8. It was not fair that the federal agents took two years to inform that family about the issue. I also agree with everyone that said it could have happened to anyone. I don't think that race has anything to do with the two year delay but, that doesn't mean that it is right for the federal agency to get away with it. There could be plenty of other problems that the federal agency has not informed families about. Race shouldn't be the first thing you think of when listening, reading or experiencing problems such as this one. We should do something about all the delays in reporting important information directly to the community instead of sitting around pointing fingers at "racism" that may or may not be the cause of each situation.

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  9. I don't think it's fair for the federal agents to inform the family about the lead poisoning. I'm not sure if it's a case of racism, because that would mean there would be more information on the background of the federal agents. But, I do think when purchasing/renting a house, the buyers should be informed about everything(good or bad) about the house. Therefore, the lack of information lead to the safety and health of the family.

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  10. I don't think it's fair for the federal agents to inform the family about the lead poisoning. I'm not sure if it's a case of racism, because that would mean there would be more information on the background of the federal agents. But, I do think when purchasing/renting a house, the buyers should be informed about everything(good or bad) about the house. Therefore, the lack of information lead to the safety and health of the family.

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  11. It was not right that the federal agency took them almost two years to inform the Allen family and the rest of the neighborhood. It was a type of poison and it should've a top priority because it can harm the kids that were playing on the yard

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  12. I think everything about the house should be given to the buyers of the house.

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