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The Wrong Complexion for ProtectionHow the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities$
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Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814799932

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814799932.001.0001

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Critical Conditions

Critical Conditions

Fixing a Broken System

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The Wrong Complexion for Protection

Robert D. Bullard

Beverly Wright

NYU Press

This chapter summarizes the book's main findings regarding the vulnerability of African Americans and other people of color to natural and human-induced disasters. It shows that people of color experience different consequences of environmental hazards and disasters than whites, and that they do not enjoy equal protection from government when it comes to disasters. It highlights racial discrimination in disaster preparedness, communication, physical impacts, psychological impacts, emergency response, recovery, and reconstruction. It also examines how disasters worsen preexisting health disparities between whites and African American children and families and concludes with an assessment of institutional racism in disaster relief and African Americans' lack of health insurance.

Keywords:   disasters, African Americans, environmental hazards, racial discrimination, disaster preparedness, emergency response, health disparities, health insurance, institutional racism, disaster relief

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