The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

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Richard Rothstein, who is 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, in his book, The Color of Law, without-a-doubt makes clear that it was de jure segregation―that is, the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments―that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.



Click link to purchase his book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”.


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  1. on 08/05/2017 at 8:30 PM

    Rothstein’s book is exactly that–a seminal work on the history of housing discrimination that is required reading for anyone who cares about the effect of residential segregation on cities and schools in our country.

    • Taj Salaam on 08/12/2017 at 4:17 PM

      You’re totally correct. Thank you for listening.

  2. on 09/22/2017 at 8:58 PM

    The book is filled with history that’s been deliberately buried even as its tragic consequences make headlines in Ferguson, Tulsa, f502 Dallas, Staten Island, Charleston?

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