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The Wrong Complexion for Protection
How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities
Robert D. Bullard
and Beverly Wright
304 pages
4 figures, 6 tables
July, 2012
ISBN: 9780814799932
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$35.00 Cloth
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Subjects: Sociology, African American Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies

When the images of desperate, hungry, thirsty, sick, mostly black people circulated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it became apparent to the whole country that race did indeed matter when it came to government assistance. In The Wrong Complexion for Protection, Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright place the government response to natural and human-induced disasters in historical context over the past eight decades. They compare and contrast how the government responded to emergencies, including environmental and public health emergencies, toxic contamination, industrial accidents, bioterrorism threats and show that African Americans are disproportionately affected. Bullard and Wright argue that uncovering and eliminating disparate disaster response can mean the difference between life and death for those most vulnerable in disastrous times.

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