Q&A: What role environmental issues play in layers of systemic, structural racism
The Crawford coal plant on April 12, 2020, the day after a smokestack was demolished, as seen from the Little Village neighborhood during the coronavirus pandemic. - Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS

A recent study confirms what community members and environmental justice advocates have been saying for years: people of color in the United States suffer greater harm from air pollution than white people. The study, from the online journal Science Advances, found that communities of color are disproportionately exposed to higher amounts of a fatal air pollutant. "Systemic disparity exists at all income levels. Consistent with a large body of evidence, we find that racial disparities are not simply a proxy for economic-based disparities. POC (people of color) at every income level are dispropo...