s skippy the bush kangaroo: poor african americans

skippy the bush kangaroo



Monday, April 14, 2008

poor african americans

used as "lab rats" by the government. yet, again.
scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients.

nine low-income families in baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till the sewage sludge into their yards and plant new grass. in exchange, they were given food coupons as well as the free lawns as part of a study published in 2005 and funded by the housing and urban development department.

...in the late 1990s the government began underwriting studies such as those in baltimore and east st. louis using poor neighborhoods as laboratories to make a case that sludge may also directly benefit human health.

meanwhile, there has been a paucity of research into the possible harmful effects of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms often found in sludge.

..the maryland court of appeals likened the study to nazi medical research on concentration camp prisoners, the u.s. government's 40-year tuskegee study that denied treatment for syphilis to black men in order to study the illness and japan's use of "plague bombs" in world war 2 to infect and study entire villages.

"these programs were somewhat alike in the vulnerability of the subjects: uneducated african-american men, debilitated patients in a charity hospital, prisoners of war, inmates of concentration camps and others falling within the custody and control of the agencies conducting or approving the experiments," the court said. - ap via examiner.com san jose

so..where's the "outrage" over this? where's the concern for the health of the kids who played on this stuff? oh, yeah...forgot. it's not plastic toys made for white kids and we can't blame the chinese.

for shame. and, like, who was "in charge" in the late 1990's?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:03 PM |

2 Comments:

Wasn't that during the era of our "first black president"?
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8:29 PM PDT  
Isn't much of CA drinking it's own recycled wastewater? Must be a federal experiment on the left-coast Holly-weird segment of the population.

Of course anyone living on the coast is swimming in run-off and sewage.

And that sludge has often been used on crops.

And are you kidding me with the attack on Bill Clinton over this? Yes, I'm sure he personally OKed this specific grant, just like he did my cousin's Pell grant.

The first EPA memo cited was in 1978 -- this whole thing must be Jimmy Carter's fault. That bastard, let's flog him to death.
commented by Anonymous sean, 8:59 AM PDT  

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