In a past post, I described the phenomenon of the unequal environmental protection of American citizens' neighborhoods. The consequences of these discriminatory practices are very real. Many of the health issues experienced by marginalized communities can be linked to the trends I outlined in part 1.
While the institutions of racism and classism that influence environmental inequality are abstract, the correlation between marginalized social groups’ disproportionately heavy exposure to dangerous environmental factors and an increase in disease cannot be ignored. Studies that aim to measure this correlation often cross-reference race, class, and level of segregation with illness risk and mortality rates.