Written by Franchesca Araujo
Colorlines.com defines environmental racism as “the systemic structures that place disproportionate environmental burdens and hazards on people based on race and ethnicity. It covers polluted air and waterways within communities of color, a reality with which many White communities don’t have to deal.”
To learn about what environmental and climate justice combat, and about how environmental racism operates, watch The Atlantic’s Vann R. Newkirk II talk about where environmental racism can be traced to historically, and about how it affects communities of color. Newkirk II links environmental racism to historical and contemporary public planning.
“Pollution and the risk of disaster are assigned to black and brown communities through generations of discrimination and political neglect,” he says.