Environmental Justice is predicated on the idea that pollution is purposely sited to poor communities, many of which are not of European descent:
Honor Martin Luther King
by Fighting Environmental Racism, Promoting Environmental Justice
Monday January 21, 2008
On Martin Luther King Day, Americans celebrate the life and vision of the late civil rights leader who has inspired generations of people to work toward a society characterized by equal opportunity and free of racial discrimination.
In 1968, Dr. King’s life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet, a violent act of racism that stunned and saddened people worldwide. Today, racism still threatens the lives of millions of African-Americans and other people of color.
That threat includes environmental racism, in which the residents of poor minority communities are subject to much higher health and safety risks than people in more affluent communities because of the proximity of their homes and schools to landfills, hazardous waste sites and factories that pollute the air and water.
Environmental racism was first documented nearly 30 years ago by Dr. Robert Bullard…
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