Poor air quality adds to health inequities for people of color

Pastor William D. Smart Jr. and Pastor KW Tulloss
The Los Angeles Wave
September 24, 2020

Injustice against California’s Black and brown communities has been insurmountable this year. Whether it be the wrongful deaths of African American and Latino men and women at the hands of police or the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 deaths amongst communities of color, we are experiencing a true crisis of survival.

News outlets and local officials will tell you that our brothers and sisters are dying of coronavirus at a higher rate because of disparities of pre-existing conditions, including diabetes, asthma and hypertension, as well as poorer access to health care for Black and brown Americans. But, what’s left out of this important conversation is that we are dying at a disproportionate rate because the air we breathe in each day in our communities is impacting the health of our lungs.

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