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A Li'l Color in the Ivory Tower

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It’s a pretty good time to catch up on your environmental justice reading.

There’s so much to stomach about the consequences of last week’s election. Between the racial persecution fanned by Trump supporters and promises to put a climate denier at the head of the EPA, what do you focus on?

You have to understand how they affect each other. A good starting point: The Du Bois Review published a collection of scholarly papers on a range of topics connected to environmental justice.

This edition of the journal explores everything from inadequate sanitation infrastructure for non-white people to inferior air quality for black and Latinos to countering the myth that Appalachian coal workers are all white.

If you pick one, read David Pellow on Black Lives Matter’s role within the environmental justice movement. He argues that environmental racism might be better conceptualized as a form of state violence that devalues and destroys black life. In other words: The harmful air and water contamination that disproportionately affect non-white communities is the same class of institutionalized brutality targeted by the Black Lives Matter movement.

That’s not all Pellow has to say on the matter, of course. You can read the entire issue of the Du Bois Review free online for the month of November.