How has environmental racism affected you or someone you know?
I came across the term environmental racism (ER) today, while looking up information on inequality and public transit. ER occurs whenever there’s unfair distribution of environmental resources due to socioeconomic differences, or wherever pollutants and carcinogens are concentrated in a minority community while sparing non-minority communities. New Orleans and the aftermath of Katrina would be a good example of ER, as people of color faced more challenges and less assistance due to inequitable distribution of resources and environmental barriers.
Are you aware of any examples of ER in your community, region, or state? What has been the lasting effect of ER?
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