March 01, 2007

Environmental racism against Indians

Environmental racism expert to speak at UMThe majority of hazardous waste facilities are located near poor communities of color, and the numbers have increased since a groundbreaking study on environmental racism was first released 20 years ago.

“When we think of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we think society has made great strides towards equality, justice and fair treatment of people of all stripes,” said Robin Saha, a University of Montana professor who helped update the original report, which is now titled “Toxic Waste and Race at Twenty, 1987-2007.”

The study, said Saha, shows “we still have a long way to go.”

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