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Racism, pollution, and community resilience in the shadow of a South Philadelphia refinery

Racism, pollution, and community resilience in the shadow of a South Philadelphia refinery

PES oil refinery outside of Philadelphia. DCErica / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

In the Greys Ferry neighborhood of South Philadelphia, which sits in the shadow of a 150-year-old oil refinery so large it nearly eclipses the combined acreage of Central Park and Arlington National Cemetery, Kilynn Johnson grew from a quiet 8-year-old with asthma to an outspoken cancer survivor leading community efforts to halt continued fossil fuel operations and the deadly impact of their pollution on her neighborhood. In a must-read, sweeping work of narrative journalism, Linda Villaros, writing for The New York Times Magazine, follows Johnson’s story, explores the historic and present harms of environmental racism on South Philadelphia, examines the impacts of racist Redlining policy, and describes the ongoing battle for environmental justice led by activists of color.

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