A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind  (Hardcover)

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind  (Hardcover)

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by Harriet A. Washington

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A "powerful and indispensable" (Gerald Markowitz) look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism — and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities.

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Middle-class African American households with incomes between $50,000 and $60,000 live in neighborhoods that are more polluted than those of very poor white households with incomes below $10,000.
When swallowed, a lead-paint chip no larger than a fingernail can send a toddler into a coma — one-tenth of that amount will lower his IQ.
Nearly two of every five African American homes in Baltimore are plagued by lead-based paint. Almost all of the 37,500 Baltimore children who suffered lead poisoning between 2003 and 2015 were African American.