Endarch: Journal of Black Political Research


It's been a while since the term "environmental racism" was coined by Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. to describe the discrimination suffered by people of color concerning hazardous waste siting. Since then, minority communities have become more aware of the dangers of hazardous waste and are fighting against polluters. However, the most effective line of resistance is still formed in the most affluent neighborhoods, and communities of color continue to suffer a disproportionate share of toxic pollution. The environmental justice movement within communities of color is faced with diverse problems of mobilization, organization, and effective resistance. The purpose of this paper is to analyze grassroots mobilization efforts within the environmental justice movement in light of environmental politics.