Indianapolis: When Lead and Racism Are Both in the Water
Many policymakers and activists have heard about the environmental injustice and water disasters in places like Flint, Michigan, but Indianapolis, Indiana, is a lesser-known epicenter for environmental racism. Indianapolis’ history of heavy industry and manufacturing not only put lead directly into water sources, but it also covered the soil and infrastructure with lead particulates. Richer, whiter areas in Indianapolis have received attention from the city and were able to invest resources in cleaning up dangerous areas, but poorer communities of color have not received the same care. Systemic racism has led many marginalized areas in Indianapolis without proper protection from serious lead poisoning, posing serious threats to the communities’ health, safety, and overall wellbeing.