Environmental Racism

Robert Taylor. Black man wearing light blue buttondown shirt stands in front of brown brick building

WATCH: Robert Taylor Battles Chemical Plant in 'Breathing While Black'

The 77-year-old man’s majority Black hometown—Reserve, Louisiana—carries a cancer risk more than 700 times the national average.

A plume of exhaust extends from a coal-fired power plant built in New Eagle, Pennsylvania.

Real Estate Agents Encourage People of Color To Live In Polluted Neighborhoods

A new study finds an insidious reason behind the racial imbalance of residents in toxic communities. 

A Native man wearing a turquoise t-shirt prays while a group watches

Reflections From the Historic Protecting Mother Earth Conference [PHOTO ESSAY]

Hundreds of Native climate justice activists came to Washington State’s Frank’s Landing to share lessons, celebrate victories and build unity.

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near McKittrick, California.

STUDY: Pennsylvania's Communities of Color In More Danger From Health Consequences of Fracking

Researchers found a disproportionate number of people of color living near power plants. 

Pipelines in Williston, North Dakota, on June 15, 2011.

Judge's Order Derails Plans to Complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline

The pipeline is slated to run through St. James Parish, an area with a high number of oil refineries—and residents afflicted with cancer. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) logo is displayed on a door at its headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

EPA Rules That Landfill in Majority Black Alabama Town is Not a Health Hazard

The agency said there was “insufficient evidence” to pursue the civil rights case.

A cyclist passes the El Segundo Power Plant on November 29, 2006 in El Segundo, California.

EPA Report Proves That Black Communities More Likely to Breathe Toxic Air

People of color have a 35 percent higher chance of living near emission polluting facilities than their White counterparts—and the number is higher for Black residents.

Purple solar panels on a huge white board

Energy Democracy: People Power for a Cleaner Planet [OPINION]

By putting power—literally—in the hands of the people, “energy democracy” could have potentially game-changing benefits for low-income people and communities of color. 

Billboard reads, "Boiling your water does not remove lead."

Flint Finally Has A New Permanent Water Source

The predominantly Black residents of the Michigan city have been without safe water for 1,316 days.

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler used to help asthma patients breathe better during an asthma attack.

REPORT: Oil Refineries Increase Health Risks for Millions of African Americans

A new report examines the dangers of gas and oil pollution in Black communities.

An oil refinery is shown near Houston following Hurricane Harvey August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Oil Refinery Leak Threatens Health of a Latinx Neighborhood in Houston

Manchester residents are breathing air with high concentrations of a chemical that causes cancer.

Journalist Maria Hinojosa speaks after "The Latino List: Volume Two" Screening on September 21, 2012 in New York City. Listen to her and co-host Julio Ricardo Varela interview two guests on their podcast, "In the Thick."

ICYMI: This Podcast Breaks Down a Deeper Issue Hidden in the Paris Agreement Withdrawal

And that’s environmental racism.

Colorlines screenshot of The Atlantic Argument video, taken on June 6, 2017.

WATCH: Is Environmental Racism the New Jim Crow?

This writer argues yes.

A man carries personal items through a flooded street caused by remnants of Hurricane Matthew on October 11, 2016, in Fair Bluff, North Carolina. The severity of the storm was felt throughout the state with flooding just as bad in Princeville, N.C.

ICYMI: Extreme Weather Is Forcing the First Town Chartered by Enslaved People to Consider Selling Land

Residents rebuilt after Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but Hurricane Matthew has left them unsure if they can do it again. 

You Need to Watch Vic Mensa Perform '16 Shots' at #JUSTICEFORFLINT

Mensa premiered the song—named for the number of times Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald—at Blackout for Human Rights’ #JUSTICEFORFLINT event. 

Hillary Clinton Proposes Plan to Dismantle Systemic Racism

“These inequalities are wrong, but they’re also immoral. And it’ll be the mission of my presidency to bring them to an end.”

Michigan Governor Says Race Not a Factor in Flint Water Crisis, EPA Official Resigns

Federal government pledges $80 million to overhaul state’s water infrastructure.

Why Flint's Toxic Water Forced the Mayor to Declare a State of Emergency

The number of young children with elevated lead levels has doubled since the Michigan city began getting its water from the local river.