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The Washington Post: Environmental justice leaders fault White House’s race-neutral approach

The Washington Post, April 13, 2022, Environmental justice leaders fault White House’s race-neutral approach

Soon after taking office, Biden followed through on part of that promise by creating the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council to coordinate the Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the benefits of federal climate-related investments to disadvantaged communities.

But on Tuesday, three members of that advisory council gathered reporters for an unusual call, where they criticized a central aspect of the White House’s approach so far to environmental justice.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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