The Slow Poisoning of Black Bodies: A Lesson in Environmental Racism and Hidden Violence

  title={The Slow Poisoning of Black Bodies: A Lesson in Environmental Racism and Hidden Violence},
  author={Rita Turner},
  journal={Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism},
  pages={189 - 204}
  • Rita Turner
  • Published 1 December 2016
  • Sociology
  • Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism
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