Environmental racism was first discovered in the late 1900s. The term describes the injustice that is happening in the environment as racial discrimination is being upheld in policies. Specifically, it originated from a period of segregation, where the Black Community was placed in locations where there were all kinds of pollution and population overflow. It is heartbreaking that they were subject to places where it jeopardized their health while being given no environmental protection through the laws. Despite the “progress” that has been made, we continue to see that African Americans are more prone to live in these areas to date.
Scientific research shows that Black people are exposed to 1.5 times more particulate matter than white people. Not only this, but the research group also found that they are more prone to particulate matter partially because the number of factories that emit pollution is higher in those neighborhoods. There is a deep-rooted racial disparity that comes with the placement of factories where they let off dangerous types of pollutants. This answers the question of environmental racism that can be self sorted out because most factories are built around these neighborhoods where there is a high rate of minority populations. They do not purposefully choose to live in such hazardous environments but are being forced by deeply rooted discrimination that surfaces among our country.
The specific institutional rules and regulations that have been communally set for the whites are failed to be followed for those who are considered minorities. The zoning and environmental regulations put in place are often overlooked, causing such toxic waste to be released among the people of color. This is intentional ignorance, because of the specific placement of the factories and the disregard of rules while being near Black neighborhoods. The waste that they disentangle is so hazardous that it can evoke many heart and lung issues for young children living in these areas. It is unreal that there is a racial factor that pushes people to deliberately harm people.
Thus, to help the Black Community receive justice and stray away from the health problems that can be caused, we can help support the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM). This allows their voices to be heard, as they address several discriminatory issues including environmental racism. At the end of the day, we are all human beings and it is only fair that we continually support one another. Justice needs to be served.