Raising Consciousness About The Color of Law
Date Written: 26/01/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22521
A look at "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" by auther Richard Rothstein, and how racial segregation is the underlying cause of much of the country's social and economic problems.
The accumulated weight of evidence in Color of Law makes for painful reading, as several audience members confessed during a Q&A session with the author after his talk. Rothstein's older questioners included speakers who personally experienced block-busting tactics by realtors and resulting white flight, the contraction of the black business community in inner cities, and the demographic shift in U.S. public housing from "working class families that were not poor" to its present-day population of much lower-income, far more disadvantaged, and almost entirely non-white residents. The bottom line today, as Rothstein noted, is an enormous disparity in wealth and income, between blacks and whites, largely attributable to the factor of home-ownership (and where, when or whether it existed at all).