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The Buried Environmental Justice of George Washington Carver

“The Peanut Guy” is how many people think of George Washington Carver if they think of him at all.

It is true that he did some dynamic work with the peanut and is credited with developing about 300 uses for the legume including soap, cheese, paper, cosmetics, wood stains, medicines and ink. But this is not the contribution he should be celebrated for. How many of our lives have benefited from peanut face cream?

In his lifetime, Carver was used and tokenized. White elites used him to prove that Black…