Werd of the Day

20 May

Environmental racism*

“Racial discrimination in the deliberated targeting of ethnic and minority communities for exposure to toxic and hazardous waste sites and facilities, coupled with the systematic exclusion of minorities in environmental policy making, enforcement, and remediation.”

*a term coined in 1981 by black Civil Rights leader Benjamin Chavis Muhammad who served as a youth coordinator in North Carolina for MLK; along with his definition, he published a national study in 1986 entitled Toxic Waste and Race in the United States of America that provided statistical evidence to show a link between race and the location of toxic waste in the U.S.


The life and leadership of Benjamin Chavis Muhammad is featured in the 2010 feature film Blood Done Sign My Name played by Nate Parker from The Great Debaters.

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