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

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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.