According to a scientific study published by USA Today, white people are more likely to cause pollution than people of color; people of color, on the other hand, are more likely to be affected by it.
Pollution is disproportionately caused by whites, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities,” writes Jason Hill, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota, who is the study’s co-author.
“Even though minorities are contributing less to the overall problem of air pollution, they are affected by it more. Is it fair [that] I create more pollution and somebody else is disproportionately affected by it?”
The study found that black people are exposed to 56 percent more pollution than what they cause. Hispanics, by contrast, are 63 percent more likely to be affected by pollution. Whites are able to avoid much of pollution’s harm as a result of wealth “pollution-intensive goods and services,” the study noted.
“Racist air” is not a phrase we thought we’d ever have to write, but we have Donald Trump Jr. to thank for this milestone.
Please don’t ask us how he jumped to this absurd conclusion.
We still don’t know.
We think he’s just a troll.
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all… now we have RACIST AIR. This insanity has to stop. https://t.co/fWPl4esIAu
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 13, 2019
Believe it or not, there are people who agree with him…
Like this dude, who penned some empty platitude about America “not being a racist country.”
When someone says RACISM they are attempting to obtain power by HATEFUL DIVISION. This hate & intolerance of IDENTITY POLITICS pitches us against each other & has gone too far! It's time to stop creating divisions in our society & start coming together to solve our shared issues pic.twitter.com/MdDXkHAdik
— Wayne Dunlap (@wdunlap) March 13, 2019
Trump Jr. was, as you can imagine, savaged.
Did you read the piece? I'm guessing you didn't. If you had, you might have learned something, empathized with the plight of people different from you, maybe even changed your mind about a subject and decided to take action to help.
But sure, cackling snark is fun too.
— Ben Stephens (@stephens_ben) March 13, 2019
Have you heard of science? No?
Yeah, that's what I thought.
— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@jessphoenix2018) March 14, 2019
It's official. You're too dumb to parody.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) March 13, 2019
Well that's a way to dumb down this entire tweet about air pollution and how it tends to affect communities of color.
— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) March 13, 2019
Read a whole article for once! This includes factories, pipelines, etc.. that leech toxins into the ground and water and pump toxins into the air tend to be positioned closer to poor and underserved communities …
and those communities are by & large made up of
— NancySara🌼🌱🌙✒ (@NancySara_78) March 13, 2019
Even you can't be this dumb.
Yes, yes you can be this dumb.
— Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) March 13, 2019
It appears Trump Jr. only read the headline and not the actual article. Did you know he has a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania?
Don’t worry, we’re surprised, too.
Trump Jr.’s comments aside, previous studies have similarly observed that people of color experience environmental hazards at higher rates than whites.
“It’s been well established that poorer folks and minority communities tend to live in areas that are more polluted. This isn’t particularly new,” Samantha Gross, a Foreign Policy, Energy Security and Climate Initiative fellow at the Brookings Institution told Newsweek. She added that Trump Jr.’s tweet “contradicts what we know, and it’s based in ignorance.”
Oh, trust us: We know.