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

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

Label
A terrible thing to waste : environmental racism and its assault on the American mind
Title
A terrible thing to waste
Title remainder
environmental racism and its assault on the American mind
Statement of responsibility
Harriet A. Washington
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 A Terrible Thing to Waste, 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 Washington's sharp, lively reporting, A Terrible Thing to Waste is sure to outrage, transform the conversation, and inspire debate."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
FMG
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Washington, Harriet A
Dewey number
304.208900973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GE230
LC item number
.W37 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Environmental justice
  • Racism
  • United States
  • Intelligence levels
  • Intelligence levels
  • Environmental justice
  • Human ecology
  • Intelligence levels
  • Intelligence levels
  • Racism
  • United States
Label
A terrible thing to waste : environmental racism and its assault on the American mind, Harriet A. Washington
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-350) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part III: Mission possible : how to bolster the nation's IQ.
  • Taking the cure : what can you do, now?
  • A wonderful thing to save : how communities can unite to preserve brainpower
  • Glossary
  • List of known chemical brain drainers
  • Introduction: IQ matters
  • Part I: Color-coded intelligence?
  • The prism of race : how politics shroud the truth about our nation's IQ
  • Part II: The brain thieves.
  • The lead age : heavy metals, low IQs
  • Poisoned world : the racial gradient of environmental neurotoxins
  • Prenatal policies : protecting the developing brain
  • Bugs in the system : how microbes sap U.S. intelligence
Control code
on1107797584
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780316509435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1107797584
Label
A terrible thing to waste : environmental racism and its assault on the American mind, Harriet A. Washington
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-350) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part III: Mission possible : how to bolster the nation's IQ.
  • Taking the cure : what can you do, now?
  • A wonderful thing to save : how communities can unite to preserve brainpower
  • Glossary
  • List of known chemical brain drainers
  • Introduction: IQ matters
  • Part I: Color-coded intelligence?
  • The prism of race : how politics shroud the truth about our nation's IQ
  • Part II: The brain thieves.
  • The lead age : heavy metals, low IQs
  • Poisoned world : the racial gradient of environmental neurotoxins
  • Prenatal policies : protecting the developing brain
  • Bugs in the system : how microbes sap U.S. intelligence
Control code
on1107797584
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
360 pages
Isbn
9780316509435
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1107797584

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