Many Americans - ranging from constitutional scholars to lay grassroots activists - recognize that environmental discrimination is unfair, unethical, and immoral. However, the practice is still legal. The author carried out this research under the assumption that all Americans have a basic right to live, work, and play in a healthy environment.
Chronicles the efforts of five black communities in Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, and Alabama to protect themselves from industrial pollution. Bullard (sociology, U. of California) links their struggle to that of social justice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Robert D. Bullard is a sociologist and long-time civil rights and environmental justice activist. He is professor of sociology at Clark Atlanta University, and also serves as director of the university’s Environmental Justice Resource Center.