(Tea Party PAC) – Just when you thought white people couldn’t be anymore racist: air inequality. A new study, done in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that white people are to blame for most of the air pollution but blacks and Hispanics suffer more from the pollution than whites. “The air that Americans breathe isn’t equal,” states the USA Today in their article on the study of this latest macroaggression by whites.
“Blacks and Hispanics disproportionately breathe air that’s been polluted by non-Hispanic whites,” the USA Today continues in their report. “This new research quantifies for the first time the racial gap between who causes air pollution – and who breathes it.”
Air pollution has allegedly taken the lives of around 100,000 Americans each year, more than murders and car crashes combined, according to the USA Today. Pollution can be considered a cause of death although the actual way in which pollution kills is still unclear. However, we can now safely put the blame for these deaths on white people.
It is important to note that the study includes Asian-Americans and Native Americans under the umbrella of “non-Hispanic white people” however it does not make distinction between Asian-Americans, Native Americans, and just white people when referencing white people.
Here are the facts as reported by The USA Today,
“The study found that black and Hispanic Americans bear a “pollution burden:” Blacks are exposed to about 56 percent more pollution than is caused by their consumption. For Hispanics, it is slightly higher – 63 percent.
However, non-Hispanic whites experience a “pollution advantage,” meaning they breathe about 17 percent less air pollution than whites cause.
The formula scientists used in their study is driven by disparities in the amount of goods and services that groups consume and in the exposure to the resulting pollution.”
“Is it fair (that) I create more pollution and somebody else is disproportionately affected by it?” Jason Hill asks. Hill is a white engineering professor at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study. “What is especially surprising is just how large pollution inequality is and has been for well over a decade.” According to Hill, the main factor in this disparity is clear: white people’s wealth. It goes without saying that this is just another case of unchecked white privilege.
The pollution analyzed in this study is known as PM 2.5 which are grains of particulate matter that are smaller than the width of a human hair, as reported by the USA Today. They can be put off into the air by burning materials, car exhaust, and power plants.
Hill says, “On average, whites tend to consume more than minorities.” Of course, keep in mind that some minorities are actually being used as the majority in this unbiased study. Relating this back to wealth disparity the USA Today reports, “For example, the scientists found that whites spend more money on pollution-intensive goods and services than do blacks and Hispanics, which means they generate more pollution than the other groups do.”
To give a better understanding of this wealth and pollution disparity another co-author of the study, Julian Marshall, explains, “Someone had to make the pen you bought at the store…” he goes on to say, “We wanted to look at where the pollution associated with making that pen is located. Is it close to where people live? And who lives there?” Marshall is an engineering professor at the University of Washington. The authors of the study used information on expenditures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The USA Today got concurring opinion from expert Robert Bullard, Texas Southern University public affairs professor. He states, “These findings confirm what most grassroots environmental justice leaders have known for decades, ‘whites are dumping their pollution on poor people and people of color.’”
Stimulating the economy through the purchase and consumption of goods is now bad, if you’re a white person. White people must willfully stop dumping their pollution onto poor people and minorities. We cannot as a society continue to murder 100,000 a year by merely living our lives. Another major killer of minorities and poor people in the United States is abortion. Killing anywhere from 500,000 to over 1 million people every year since 1972. It is clear that Americans must be vigilant in the choices we make so as not to result in the death of innocent lives.