When the images of desperate, hungry, thirsty, sick, mostlyblack people circulated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it becameapparent to the whole country that race did indeed matter when it came to governmentassistance. In The Wrong Complexion forProtection, Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright place the governmentresponse to natural and human-induced disasters in historical context over thepast eight decades. They compare and contrast how the government responded toemergencies, including environmental and public health emergencies, toxiccontamination, industrial accidents, bioterrorism threats and show that AfricanAmericans are disproportionately affected. Bullard and Wright argue that uncoveringand eliminating disparate disaster response can mean the difference betweenlife and death for those most vulnerable in disastrous times.
Publisher: New York University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
"A fine overview for those interested in the subject matter. Summing Up: Highly recommended."-Choice
"The Wrong Complexion for Protection is an intellectual version of a 'greatest hits' album, combining autobiography and research findings to give a picture of the authors' important contributions to the field of environmental justice, and a picture of what environmental justice has contributed to political science and other fields."-Patrick S. Roberts,Political Science Quarterly
"The brutal realities of institutional racism indisaster readiness, response, and recovery are unveiled here in black andwhite, through compelling case studies, jaw-dropping statistics, and thoroughlydocumented sociological and historical data."-David Naguib Pellow,co-author of The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America's Eden
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