Celine Krauss's 'Women Of Color On The Front Line'

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Women of the Earth Celine Krauss, the author of the article “Women of Color on the Front Line” Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color, writes about the ways in which women from all different backgrounds come together to protest environmental justice in their communities. In this article, Krauss draws out the differences between the women of the grass-roots movement from other national environmental organizations. Although grass-roots protests have been ignored and pushed to the side, Krauss shows the reader how these women deserve to be heard and recognized because their issues all go way deeper than just the surface environmental issues and are a lot more relatable in oppose to the mainstream environmental protestors.…show more content…
For class, Krauss writes about the white working-class women “whose views on public issues are generally expressed only within family or among friends...” (262) Which basically means their views are in the private arena of family. Although some of these women had very strong opinions they were too scared to let their voices be heard because they were educated that their opinions were not for the public. As Lois Gibbs said, “I believed if I had a problem I just had to go to the right person in the government and he would take care of it.” (qtd in Krauss, 263). Although the white working-class women used to believe that “all they have to do is give the government the facts and their problems will be taken care of.” (263), they came to realize that democracy is between the people more than it is in the government. The white blue-collar women show us the transformation that they made into the independent and assertive women that they are today and that they do deserve to be…show more content…
Krauss focuses on two groups of women: African Americans and Native Americans. These women, who are protesting along with the white, blue-collar women, come from a total different standpoint and background, which makes this group very diverse and relatable. Now, the African American working class women come from a place where they had no initial trust in the government. Krauss explains that these women have been victims of racial policies since the beginning and the individual toxic waste issues are quickly tied and viewed as environmental racism. While, white working women have just recently come out into the public arena to protest their beliefs, African American women have extended their work as mothers into their communities as “protectors of the race” (265). Krauss includes an African American woman, Cora Tucker, who makes the correlation between environmental issues to not only power, but

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