- People of color and the poor face greater exposure to toxic chemicals, authors say
- Poor have few housing options, no choice but to live near chemical hazards, they say
Ronald White is the regulatory policy director at the Center for Effective Government. Richard Moore is the national co-director of the Environmental Justice Health Alliance -- Los Jardines Institute (the Gardens Institute). Moore is the recent recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Council's 26th annual MLK Award. The views expressed are their own.
(CNN)This week, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Though King and others have accomplished much for civil rights, there is still work to be done to stamp out injustice in our communities. People of color and the poor -- and especially poor children of color -- continue to face social and economic inequality, including greater exposure to toxic chemicals. And our current state and federal chemical policies are not nearly strong enough to protect them.