The Department of African & African American Studies welcomes Dr. Melissa Scott of Duke University, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.
Climate change, air pollution and neighborhood design are racial justice issues. A growing body of evidence shows that unethical policies on housing and segregation, redlining, gentrification and displacement are causing disproportionate harms on African Americans in the United States. Since their inceptions, the Civil Rights and the Environmental Justice movements have been inextricably linked. Now, more than ever, environmental threats like climate change, poor air quality and a lack of capital and financing in neighborhoods, put the lives of African Americans and minority communities at great risk. It is imperative that we move beyond the acknowledgement that health disparities exist toward understanding the root causes of health outcomes in racial and health equity scholarship. This talk will show it is essential that we better understand the deeply rooted connection between systemic racism and environmental racism in the United States, as a step towards improving the morality and health of our nation.
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