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NC Policy Watch Policy Prescription #5: Tackling the issue of environmental racism

During this week and next, as state lawmakers return to Raleigh for the 2018 legislative session, we hope you will continue reading our special series “Policy Prescriptions” researched and written by A. J. Fletcher Foundation Fellow Samone Oates-Bullock. Prescription #1 addressed food insecurity in North Carolina. Prescription #2 took on the issue of early childhood investments. Prescription #3 analyzed the challenge of funding school adequately and fairly. Policy Prescription #4 called for racial equity in education.

This is from today’s installment, “Clearing the air: Tackling the issue of environmental racism in North Carolina”:

“For decades, low-income, rural, minority communities have been subjected to repeated instances of environmental racism. Environmental racism is often described as the strategic siting of hazardous facilities and emitters, such as toxic waste disposal sites and trash dumps close to minority and/or low- income neighborhoods. Exposure to these environmental hazards can harm the residents of these communities – both physically and emotionally. If North Carolina is to become a state in which communities of color are not forced to pay the price for the wrongful acts and negligence of polluters, it is critically important that state government address and acknowledge these environmental injustices….”

Read the full report here.

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