Dec 21, 2016
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Painting Over Racialized Power Structures: The Environmental Injustice of Lead Poisoning in the City of Baltimore

Lead poisoning has always been one prominent chemical issue in the media and in the minds of people across the country, whether through awareness of lead paint in children’s toys made in China, or through cases of lead paint on walls of many homes across the United States (Barboza & Lipton, 2007; Haupt, 2007). This paper explores the latter issue, focusing specifically on Baltimore City’s history and current events surrounding lead poisoning. Drawing upon statistics in reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Baltimore government’s own studies on lead toxin levels among children, I present the disproportionately high incidence of lead poisoning and lead exposure among African-American children.

by Yuka Sugino

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