Environmental Injustice and Police Violence Overlap Across the U.S.
UC Davis professors are exploring the connections between police killings of black Americans and toxic environmental conditions. In a forthcoming article, they argue that "place and environment matters when discussing police violence," reports Brentin Mock in CityLab.
The authors propose understanding U.S. racism as "an embodied experience of structural, environmental insecurity." Professor Lindsey Dillon adds:
"Toxic exposure is also a form of slow violence and slow death… For many people, the lived experience of police violence and toxic exposure—these different forms of physical vulnerability both live together. We have to think of them together instead of thinking of them separately."
Mock offers context in anticipation of the article, touching on the police killings of Freddie Gray in Baltimore (where he, like Korryn Gaines, struggled with lead poisoning) and Eric Garner in New York (who suffered from asthma, a condition whose distribution is racialized across New York and the U.S.), among others.