Environmental Racism Environmental racism refers to the way in which minority group neighborhoods (populated primarily by people of color and members of low socioeconomic groups) are burdened with a disproportionate number of hazards, including toxic waste facilities, garbage dumps, and other sources of environmental pollution and foul odors that lower the quality of life.

Objective To evaluate the association between racial residential segregation, a prominent manifestation of systemic racism, and the White-Black survival gap in a contemporary cohort of adults, and to assess the extent to which socioeconomic inequality explains this association.

Despite it initially seeming pivotal to New Labour's reform of policing and the antecedent of a new race equality agenda, it has remained a contested concept that has been critiqued by multiple constituencies. Van Den Berghe, volume 19, pp. 12720–12723, 2001, Elsevier Ltd. Abstract The sociology of racism is the study of the relationship between racism, racial discrimination, and racial inequality.

"Environmental equity" is not environmental justice. Biologically we are truly just one race, sharing 99.9% of our genes no matter what the color of our skin or what part of the world we come from. The concept of institutional racism re-emerged in political discourse in the late 1990s after a long hiatus.


"Environmental equity" is the government's response to the demands of the environmental justice movement. But historically we have found ways to not just identify differences, but to oppress people because of them.

Northridge, M. E., and P. M. Shepard. Muntaner, C. “Teaching social inequalities in health: barriers and opportunities.” Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 27.3 (1999): 161-5. Government agencies, like the EPA, have been coopting the …

and political effects traceable to Chavis's environmental racism com­ ... As I understand it, my as­ signment is to identify a single idea or scholarly contribution that has had the greatest impact on modern environmental law. Jones, whose work examines the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation, ... and excess exposure to environmental hazards, which is why we have things like more obesity leading to more diabetes and more heart disease and more kidney failure,” said Jones. Environmental Health Perspectives 103 Suppl 6 (1995): 33-5. One possibility is to play it straight. There are several dis­ tinct ways that this daunting question could be addressed. This article is a revision of the previous edition article by P.L. “Environmental racism and public health.” American journal of public health 87.5 (1997 May): 730-2. Racism informs our actions when we structure opportunities for and assign value to people based on our interpretation of how they look. Environmental justice is the movement's response to environmental racism. Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color.