Richard and Leah Rothstein: Challenging Segregation and the Color of Law
Six years ago, Richard Rothstein’s important book, Color of Law, made a powerful case that direct and indirect government action and policies at the federal, state and local levels had caused segregation and the resulting social problems throughout the United States. The book was a best seller and significantly influenced discussions of the systemic impact of segregated communities on a range of outcomes in education, health and workforce participation. It stands as one of the most important recent books on residential segregation published in the past few decades.
What that book did not do was provide enough solutions for citizens to pursue to address the legacy of state-sanctioned segregation. In their new book, Just Action How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law, Rothstein and housing policy expert Leah Rothstein provide a blueprint on how to address segregation for concerned citizens and community leaders. The new book describes dozens of tangible strategies the Rothsteins say readers and supporters can undertake in their own communities to make their commitment real and create tangible change that might finally challenge residential segregation and help address the legacy of America's profoundly unconstitutional past.
The Rothsteins provide a tool kit for activism and advocacy, with myriad real-life examples from communities, groups and individuals that have confronted segregation-related challenges from legal, real estate, banking, and commercial development standpoints. They also counter misconceptions about the consequences of integration and make their case for closing the wealth gap that has made homeownership unaffordable for many middle-class Americans, particularly African-Americans.
Please join us for a critical conversation about how people can be empowered to address the legacy of state-sanctioned segregation.
This program is supported by Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Special thanks to our community partner, Faith in Action Bay Area, for working to uphold all people's dignity and change unjust systems.
Photos courtesy the speakers.
Housing Policy Expert and Consultant; Co-author, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law
Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute; Co-author, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law
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