This photo is courtesy of Lisa Kaas Boyle of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. She is speaking on Plastics at Tulane Law School on Friday. She believes that the racism represented in this photo still exists today.
Tulane Environmental Law Clinic worked with LEAN (Louisiana Environmental Action Network) to keep a Japanese corporation from opening its plastics plant in a poor primarily African American neighborhood in New Orleans where the toxic exposure was already extreme. There is a 30% elevated cancer rate in the “cancer corridor” between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on the Mississippi. Poor people always suffer more from pollution – both on the job and in their neighborhoods. Very relevant, considering all the recent negative coverage Monsanto has received recently.