“Going back to the late 19th century, Richard Rothstein uncovers a policy of de jure segregation in virtually every presidential administration.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“American segregation is de jure and made up of decades of government-designed and government-sanctioned policies preventing black Americans from receiving benefits for military service, purchasing and renting homes, and much more.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“This “powerful and disturbing history” exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide.”
That is what the New York Times Book Review had to say about this astound book called The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
The novel was written by Richard Rothstein and that is not the only high praise that has received since its debut:
“The Color of Law is one of those rare books that will be discussed and debated for many decades. Based on careful analyses of multiple historical documents, Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” – Wiliam Julius Wilson, author of The Truly Disadvantaged
“A masterful explication of the single most vexing problem facing black America: the concentration of the poor and middle class into segregated neighborhoods. Rothstein documents the deep historical roots and the continuing practices in law and social custom that maintain a profoundly un-American system holding down the nation’s most disadvantaged citizens,” – Thomas B. Edsall, author of The Age of Austerity
This book is truly revolutionary as it forces us the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past where the American government systematically imposed residential segregation.
There was open racial zoning, public housing that deliberately segregated previously mixed communities, grants for builders to create whites-only suburbs, tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods.
The list of the discrimination against folks of colored skin seems endless and this author brings us face to face with the reality, begging for the force of acknowledgement and transformation.