On the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice Friday night time, Senator Elizabeth Warren didn’t shrink back from how the surroundings is instantly associated to different points that folks of coloration within the U.S. face—like housing. Throughout her time on stage, she known as out the legacy of segregation and slavery within the U.S.
Extra particularly, she talked about redlining, the apply the place the Federal Housing Authority discriminated towards black and brown communities by deeming them dangerous investments. And that’s obtained the whole lot to do with the environmental injustice communities face right this moment.
“[Redlining] created a black-white wealth hole that continues even to this present day due to the generational results,” Warren stated.
That’s not all redlining did. Analysis presented on the Annual Thoracic Society Convention earlier this yr exhibits that redlining could also be behind the disproportionate well being points communities of coloration face. In California, some communities with a historical past of redlining, comparable to San Francisco and Los Angeles, undergo from greater bronchial asthma emergency room visits, this analysis discovered.
Anthony Nardone, a medical pupil on the College of California at San Francisco and Berkeley’s Joint Medical Program who has studied this, believes historical past has the whole lot to do with the present public well being disaster communities of coloration face. Black individuals are extra probably that different teams to die because of bronchial asthma, per the Office of Minority Health. That’s not by chance. Folks of coloration face disproportionate exposure to energy crops and soiled automobiles, and that has the whole lot do with the best way the federal authorities divided communities based mostly on their pores and skin.
“We’ve obtained to acknowledge the previous wrongs which are nonetheless felt right this moment, the previous official discrimination of the USA authorities that’s nonetheless felt right this moment,” Warren stated throughout the discussion board, “and we gotta take steps towards making that proper.”