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Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color
     

Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice and Communities of Color

by Robert D. Bullard (Editor), John Lewis (Foreword by), Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. (Preface by)
 
From "Cancer Alley," a strip along the Mississippi River, to Triana, Alabama, known as the unhealthiest town in America, to Native American reservations, an insidious form of racism has spread across the country. Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice & Communities of Color offers compelling evidence that pollution disproportionately impacts communities

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From "Cancer Alley," a strip along the Mississippi River, to Triana, Alabama, known as the unhealthiest town in America, to Native American reservations, an insidious form of racism has spread across the country. Unequal Protection: Environmental Justice & Communities of Color offers compelling evidence that pollution disproportionately impacts communities of color, subjecting citizens to toxic insults of the deadliest kind. Collecting the work of local activists, journalists, and educators, this volume is edited by Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the leaders in the nationwide fight for environmental justice.

"Unequal Protection must be applauded for the breadth and diversity with which it has surveyed the phenomenon of environmental racism."—San Francisco Chronicle

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A 1987 study by the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice concluded that hazardous waste disposal is more often inflicted on black residential communities than on others. Bullard, sociology professor at UC Riverside, helped organize the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 1991. An outgrowth of that meeting, these essays are contributed by lawyers, journalists, academics and grassroots leaders. They give compelling evidence that environmental disparities between white communities and those of color reflect enormous social inequalities; that these disparities have been created, tolerated and institutionalized by all levels of government. Several essays cite such hazardous locations as West Dallas, Tex.; Triana, Ala.; Chicago's South Side, Ill.; and Vernon, Calif. (the ``dirtiest zip code''). Other pieces focus on grassroots activism, networking and building a coalition. This collection is forceful and challenging and should be required reading for state and national policymakers. (May)
Booknews
Sixteen contributions show how environmental laws have been inconsistently applied, so that low-income communities and people of color suffer disproportionately from public health hazards. The essays describe how abuses have flourished for lack of government action and organized resistance, and document the strategies of grassroots groups on building coalitions among traditional environmentalists and social justice groups. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871564504
Publisher:
Sierra Club Books
Publication date:
05/10/1994
Series:
Guides
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.45(d)

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