‘Brown Water for Brown People’: Making Sense of California’s Drinking Water Crisis
In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country on earth, hundreds of thousands don’t have access to potable water. I wanted to know why.
Jose A. Del Real
When journalists write about rural America, we tend to focus on white voters, on truck-stop diners or on farm owners. Rarely are farmworkers—mostly Latino, Spanish speaking, often undocumented—at the center. How I began reporting on CA water inequities
In every single area of policy in the United States, there is an element of residual racism. We have to talk about it, we have to call it out, and we have to specifically address it—our segregationist history is the root cause of this water issue.
‘Brown Water for Brown People’: California’s Drinking Water Crisis. When journalists write about rural America, we focus on white voters. Rarely are farmworkers — mostly Latino, Spanish speaking, and often undocumented — at the center of our storytelling