They compare and contrast how the government responded to emergencies, including environmental and public health emergencies, toxic contamination, industrial accidents, bioterrorism threats and show that African Americans are disproportionately affected. Bullard and Wright argue that uncovering and eliminating disparate disaster responses can mean the difference between life and death for those most vulnerable in disastrous times.
• Bullard, Robert D., Paul Mohai, Robin Saha, and Beverly Wright, “Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: Why Race Still Matters After All of These Years,” Lewis & Clark Environmental Law Journal 38 (2): 2008. http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/envlnw38&div=19&id=&page=
• Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright, “Disastrous Response to Natural and Man-Made Disasters: An Environmental Justice Analysis Twenty-Five Years After Warren County,” UCLA Journal of Law and Environmental Policy 26: 2008. http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/uclalp26&div=13&id=&page=
• Bullard, Robert D. and Beverly Wright, “Cleaning Up Toxic ‘Time Bombs’ Left Behind by Katrina,” FOCUS Magazine Special Issue on Hurricane Katrina: Health Impacts in Louisiana, Joint Center for Political Studies, Vol. 34, No. 10 (January/February 2006).
• Bullard, Robert D., and Beverly Wright, “Environmental Justice for All,” in Scott Plous Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. http://www.understandingprejudice.org/anthol.htm
In The Wrong Complexion for Protection, Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright explore the many systemic problems with the way the U.S. government has responded to natural and human-induced disasters over the past eight decades. Through both an exploration of the historical context and the compelling details of their personal stories, Bullard, the father of the environmental justice movement, and Wright make clear the socio-historical link between exploitation of land and exploitation of people and the relationship between racism and vulnerability.