Environmental Racism

Given the examples from the book, I’m sure there are some cases of ‘environmental racism’ all over the world, including Hawaii. Not in the same way Leonard describes it though. I don’t believe that companies are looking to place their factories in poorer areas solely because they consist of more darker-skinned people. Companies are just trying to find the cheapest/least regulated areas where they can away with more stuff. I don’t think it has anything to do with actual racism like I don’t think companies are thinking “Let’s put all our factories in India because I hate Indian people.”, that’s just crazy. I do notice that factories in Hawaii are kept away from places like Honolulu and Waikiki where there are a lot of white people. A more appropriate name would be ‘environmental class discrimination’ since companies are hunting for lands that are poorer/less educated and probably not because they want to give their toxins to darker-skinned people.

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