The C.O.W.S. Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington’s Packing Them in Part 5

Thursday, March 26th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy hosts our fifth study session on Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington’s Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954. An environmental epidemiologist, environmental engineer and environmental historian, Dr. Washington is Chief Environmental Research Scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC. With research experience examining the impact of industrial pollution on human health and ecosystems, she’s the creator and editor-in-chief of the first international environmental health disparities journal, Environmental Justice. We’ll continue examining her 2004 text, Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954. Chicago is a significant city in North America, and black people have sojourned to this region for over a century. Consequently, Whites have devoted a staggering amount of time, energy and resources to study, warehouse, terrorize and poison the black people of the “windy city.” During last week’s session we heard additional information about how numerous “white ethnics” banded together to stop the pollution and poisoning of their neighborhoods. Importantly, once these immigrants were accepted as White, they moved to White enclaves with substantially fewer toxins to protest. Dr. Washington also described the years of White squabbling about over “Bubbly Creek” – a Chicago water way that’s suffered so much pollution the water has literally percolated with poison and contaminants for a century. In fact, it continues to “bubble” to this very day.

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