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This link recently saved by racialicious on February 09, 2011
"Where is the asthma rate higher: Colorado Springs or Atlanta?
"I'm sure you guessed right -- Atlanta.
"Why did you guess that? Probably because the majority of Atlanta is black, and our community is three times more likely to die from asthma than the white population.
"Our chances of living near hazardous industrial pollution sites are 80 percent greater than white Americans, according to 2005 data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
"But, let me ask another question: Is the asthma rate higher in Detroit or Knoxville?
"Surprisingly to some, it's Knoxville, which mostly white.
"The environmental struggle isn't a black issue; it's an economic issue, devastating low-income communities of all races and backgrounds.
"Put simply: If you're poor, you are at greater risk because pollution and poverty are intricately linked. The sad truth is that living in underserved communities has come to mean accepting exposure to potentially deadly environmental hazards."
This link recently saved by racialicious on December 08, 2009
"I realized that all the things that I thought about my community, that we were this poor community that just got into the situation that it was in because it didn't care enough about itself.
"And that is absolutely and completely untrue. The point is that there were huge forces generating from outside of the community, you know policy makers, many elected officials."