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Authors Compare Governments Response to Disaster

The “Father of Environmental Justice” Dr. Robert Bullard, TSU’s Dean School of Public Affairs, along with Dr. Beverly Wright, executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, will discuss, The Wrong Complexion for Protection – their recently released book, that compares and contrast how the government responds to emergencies and disasters.

The Wrong Complexion for Protection (NYU Press, 2012) places the government’s response to natural and man-made disasters in historical context over the past eight decades—from the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a follow up to their 2009 anthology, Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009).

The authors compare and contrast how the government responded to emergencies, including environmental disasters, toxic contamination, industrial accidents, public health and bioterrorism threats, and natural and human induced disasters through a social justice and racial equity lens. Their analysis chronicles lessons not learned, government failures, and inadequate and inequitable government response to natural and human-induced disasters and emergencies. Uncovering and eliminating disparate treatment can mean the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable in our society.
The simple but urgent message of the book is fairness matters.

The discussion is set for Wednesday, December 5th, the Texas Southern University School of Public Affairs, titled an “Evening With the Authors.” The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the President’s Lounge @ Sterling Student Life Center (SSLC) on TSU’s campus. A reception will follow. For more information/inquiries, please contact: LaRence Snowden at or (713) 313-6844.

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