The Environmental Quality Between Black And White Communities

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Resulting from institutional racism, there are gaping differences in the environmental quality between black and white communities. According to Robert Bullard in Richard Monk 's, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Race and Ethnicity, “Environmental racism refers to any policy, practice, and directive, that differentially affects or disadvantages individuals, groups, or communities based on race or color” (Monk 217). Residents in African American communities experience greater health and environmental risk burdens than the society at large. This results from the nation’s environmental laws, regulations, and policies not being applied uniformly. A study by staff writers from the National Law Journal revealed that, “There is a racial divide in the way the U.S. government cleans up toxic waste sites and punishes polluters. White communities see faster action, better results, and stiffer penalties than communities where blacks…live” (Monk 218). This study shows that communities that house mostly African Americans gain unequal protection under environmental laws and policies. This unequal protection is in direct relation to why a large majority of African Americans live in impoverished and contaminated communities. Reports made by Census Bureau researchers affirm that, “Disproportionate poverty persists. African-Americans make up 13.8 percent of the population, but account for 27 of Americans living in poverty” (Heath, par. 5). According to the Commission for…

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