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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

Abstract

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. This book places the government response to natural and human-induced disasters in historical context over the past eight decades. It compares and contrasts how the government responded to emergencies, including environmental and public health emergencies, toxic contamination, industrial accidents, and bioterrorism threats and show that African Americans are dispropor ... More

Keywords: government assistance, Hurricane Katrina, disasters, disaster response, government response, African Americans, emergencies, industrial accidents, bioterrorism, toxic contamination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814799932
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814799932.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert D. Bullard, author

Beverly Wright, author