Tuskegee Redux

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. (Link.)
Says Kevin, who gets the hat tip, "That's not controversial research; that's completely unethical, racist, and classist research. Why does this man still have a job? Oh, I know why. It's because when you use the poor and people of color as guinea pigs, nobody gives a shit; because they were only trying to help and gee, they got pretty lawns out of the deal too! Now, let's go back to talking about how we've all transcended race and how systemic, government-sponsored racism is a thing of the past."

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