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Richard Rothstein: The Color of the Law


Friday, November 17, 2017

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In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation ― that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, “The Color of Law” incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation ― the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments ― that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as “brilliant,”  Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of de jure — legislated — segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north.

Come here Rothstein speak at the Seattle Public Library. 

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