10 Massive American Scandals Most People Don’t Seem to Know About

Most Americans are familiar with famous scandals like Watergate, but many lesser-known scandals will blow your mind and make you wonder, “why didn’t I learn about this in high school?”

10 Massive American Scandals

1. The Failure of the Foster Care System The foster care system in the United States is broken, and some commenters on a popular internet forum believe it should be considered an American scandal.

2. The Tulsa Race Massacre Angry white crowds descended on Greenwood, a neighborhood in Tulsa known as the Black Wall Street because of its flourishing and successful black community.

3. The DuPont Scandal The chemical company DuPont knowingly poisoned the waterways and rivers in Parkersburg, West Virginia for years as they dumped a toxic material known as PFOA into the rivers. Not only is this an environmental hazard, but it also impacts livestock and humans. The chemical is known to cause congenital disabilities and cancer.

4. The Jack Abramoff Scandals Federal lobbyist Jack Abramoff was involved in the gambling industry and Native American tribal law in the U.S. In 2005, Abramoff was exposed for defrauding Indian Tribal Councils, overcharging them tens of millions of dollars. In early 2006, Abramoff pled guilty to fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy.

5. Gary Webb and the C.I.A. When Gary Webb exposed the CIA’s connection to the distribution of Crack Cocaine in the U.S., the media destroyed his career by attempting to dismantle his journalistic integrity.

6. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study In 1932, the U.S. Public Health Service began a wildly unethical study on 400 African American men. First, scientists injected these men with syphilis through a fake vaccine and never disclosed the infection to the test subjects.

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