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A terrible thing to waste : environmental racism and its assault on the American mind / Harriet A. Washington.

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  • 7 of 8 copies available at SPARK Libraries.

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Albright Memorial Library 304.2089 WASHING (Text) 50686015543205 Stacks Available -
Altoona Area Public Library - Transportation Center 304.208 WAS (Text) 33240004905181 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Coudersport Public Library 304.2 WAS (Text) 30183000947190 Adult Nonfiction In Process -
Harbaugh-Thomas Library (Biglerville) 304.2 WASHINGTON (Text) 35740635655277 New Nonfiction Available -
  In Honor of Gettysburg Area High School Amnesty International, Recipient of the Youth Peacemaker Award, 2020 by Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice
Wyomissing Public Library 304.2089 WAS (Text) 35012001469323 Non-fiction Available -
Allentown Public Library 304.2089 WASH (Text) 34455006594747 Adult Non-Fiction 2nd FL Available -
Bethlehem Main Library 304.208 (Text) 33062009203341 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Dimmick Main Library 304.208 WAS (Text) 304441003387108 Adult Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316509435
  • ISBN: 0316509434
  • Physical Description: 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown Spark, 2019.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-350) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"From injuries caused by lead poisoning to the devastating effects of atmospheric pollution, infectious disease, and industrial waste, Americans of color are harmed by environmental hazards in staggeringly disproportionate numbers. This systemic onslaught of toxic exposure and institutional negligence causes irreparable physical harm to millions of people across the country--cutting lives tragically short and needlessly burdening our health care system. But these deadly environments create another insidious and often overlooked consequence: robbing communities of color, and America as a whole, of intellectual power. The 1994 publication of The Bell Curve and its controversial thesis catapulted the topic of genetic racial differences in IQ to the forefront of a renewed and heated debate. Now, in [this book], award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray, arguing that IQ is a biased and flawed metric, but that it is useful for tracking cognitive damage. She takes apart the spurious notion of intelligence as an inherited trait, using copious data that instead point to a different cause of the reported African American-white IQ gap: environmental racism--a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services. She investigates heavy metals, neurotoxins, deficient prenatal care, bad nutrition, and even pathogens as chief agents influencing intelligence to explain why communities of color are disproportionately affected--and what can be done to remedy this devastating problem. Featuring extensive scientific research and[the author]'s sharp, lively reporting, [this book] is sure to outrage, transform the conversation, and inspire debate."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Environmental justice > United States.
Racism > United States > History.
United States > Environmental conditions > Social aspects.
Intelligence levels > United States.
Intelligence levels > Social aspects > United States.

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