BP #1: Moral Responsibility and The Government’s Role

 30indiana1-master768           Flint Michigan is not the only City that has recently suffered from lead poisoning. The article, “Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes” explains that the soil surrounding this apartment complex in East Chicago, Indiana has been discovered to contain dangerous levels of lead in it. The article focuses on a single mother, Stephanie King. Ms. King is a single mother of five children who are currently suffering from these high levels of lead. She explains that her “ 3-year-old son, Josiah, has a worrisome amount of lead in his blood, according to test results she received last week” (Goodnough, 2016).  Like many other families living in West Calumet Housing Complex, Ms. King and her family are not only worried about the health risks involved, but also the fact that they are now losing their homes.

What is the most concerning thing about the situation is the government’s overall lack of involvement in the situation. The article states, “a timeline is emerging that suggests a painfully slow government process of confronting the problem” (Goodnough, 2016). The government has a moral responsibility to make sure all people, no matter the race, sex, or income level are living in safe conditions. The article explains that West Calumet was mostly occupied by a less fortunate, black community. While It may have been easy to overlook this issue due to the fact it was taking place in a less fortunate area, there is a huge lack of integrity on the government’s part. When the government is aware of social problem such as this one, they have moral responsibility to do as much as they can to help these people. Not only is the government’s neglect the issue, but also the fact that these people are being forced out of their homes and are not sure if they will be receiving any aid when it comes to moving or trying to find a new place to live. While the situation may have been out of the government’s control, they still have the moral responsibility to keep these people safe and do what they can to help better the situation.

 Article: Goodnough, Abby. “Their Soil Toxic, 1,100 Indiana Residents Scramble to Find New Homes.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 06 Sept. 2016.


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