People of color in America are disproportionately affected by air quality issues. Low income, racially diverse, and minority neighborhoods are more likely to be situated in places with lower air quality standards, like heavily populated urban areas and near polluting industries like power plants, incinerators, and major highways. Studies show that schools with a high population of Black, Hispanic, and low income students were often situated on cheap and highly polluted land. This leads to dangerous health effects and a degradation in quality of life for many people of color. Black people are diagnosed with asthma at three times the rate of white people, and in some inner city areas, one third of black children have been diagnosed with the illness. The issues of air pollution, housing injustice, and healthcare inequality intersect, and environmental justice is crucial in understanding and solving these complex problems.
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