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

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About the Author


Robert D. Bullard is Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston and author of 17 books, including Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780814799932
ISBN-10: 0814799930
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English