The Wrong Complexion for Protection : How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities

The Wrong Complexion for Protection : How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Robert D. Bullard, Beverly Wright
Format
Hardback | 304 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 23.88mm | 576.06g
Publication date
23 Jul 2012
Publisher
New York University Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations, black & white tables, maps
ISBN10
0814799930
ISBN13
9780814799932
Bestsellers rank
1,982,344