Neglected by Design

When residents of Grays Ferry—a tight-knit Black community in Philadelphia—started counting, they tallied dozens of loved ones who’d had cancer, many of them unusually young.

The common denominator was a 150-year-old refinery looming over their community. In 2016, it was deemed responsible for the majority of Philadelphia’s toxic air emissions.
 
Residents’ fight for justice laid bare the long arm of systematic neglect.
 
The Quote: “You can’t understand environmental racism without understanding the legacy and the history of residential segregation, which created the disinvestment that has happened in communities in Philadelphia like Grays Ferry for decades,” says Sharrelle Barber of Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.
 
The New York Times Magazine

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