Dumping In Dixie: Race, Class, And Environmental Quality, Third Edition

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Westview Press, Mar 31, 2008 - Social Science - 300 pages
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To be poor, working-class, or a person of color in the United States often means bearing a disproportionate share of the country’s environmental problems. Starting with the premise that all Americans have a basic right to live in a healthy environment, Dumping in Dixie chronicles the efforts of five African American communities, empowered by the civil rights movement, to link environmentalism with issues of social justice. In the third edition, Bullard speaks to us from the front lines of the environmental justice movement about new developments in environmental racism, different organizing strategies, and success stories in the struggle for environmental equity.
 

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I am the Author, The American State Litter Scorecard.
My Masters Thesis, DO MESS WITH IT, used material found in Bullard's book.
One will learn real world facts about the lackluster climate to
prosecute serious environmental crimes in the United States up to the early 1990's, and why non-white minorities--especially those living in the Deep South--have historically failed to embrace the GREEN ecology movement that really begun with Earth Day1970 and creation of the EPA. Interestingly, large communities with substantial African-American populations--New Orleans, Memphis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami--lead by seemingly "anti-Green" Democrats "of color", continue to have severe ecological problems and are appearing each year on TRAVEL+LEISURE's "America's Dirtiest Cities" list.  

Contents

2 Race Class and the Politics of Place
21
Case Studies
37
Survey Results
75
5 Environmental Racism Revisited
97
6 Environmental Justice as a Working Model
113
7 Action Strategies for the TwentyFirst Century
137
Notes
161
Selected Bibliography
181
Resources and Contacts
197
Index
225
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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.

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