Clean and whiteoffers a history of environmental racism in the united states focusing on constructions of race and hygiene in the wake of the civil war as the nation encountered emancipation mass immigration and the growth of an urbanized society americans began to conflate the ideas of race and waste certain immigrant groups took on waste management labor such as jews and scrap metal . In clean and white carl a zimring locates the origin of inequitable exposures to environmental risks and hazards experienced by nonwhite americans to the intertwined histories of racist ideologies public health and hygiene and urban sanitation. Clean and white offers a history of environmental racism in the united states focusing on constructions of race and hygiene when joe biden attempted to compliment barack obama by calling him clean and articulate he unwittingly tapped into one of the most destructive racial stereotypes in american history. Clean and white a history of environmental racism in the united states by carl zimring new york nyu press 2016 x 288 pp 3500 hardback isbn 978 1 4798 2694 0
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