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Recognition of the legacies of racial discrimination, removal of barriers to racial equality and the promotion of equity.

Why is racial justice important?

Racial justice is crucial for creating a future where it doesn’t matter which family you’re from or where you live; you can become whoever you want to be. We shouldn’t aim for a world where only a few people succeed. We all do better when everyone in our communities succeeds. Racial justice helps us acknowledge past wrongs, and through reparations and equity, we can work together to build a brighter future.

3 out of 5

3 out of 5 Black and Hispanic Americans live in communities near uncontrolled Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hazardous waste sites.

Racialized industrial facilities siting, which has subsequently led to a higher number of brownfields, can be attributed to higher levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and toxic particulate pollution (PM2.5) “hazardous” and “declining” graded communities.

15 - 20%

The average family of color earns half as much as the average white family and owns 15 to 20% as much net wealth.


Communities within 3 km of hazardous waste sites are 56% people of color, despite making up only 30% of the population nationally.

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