The Color of Law

The Color of Law

A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Book - 2017
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Rothstein examines the idea "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, [he argues] 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"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a divison of W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781631492853
1631492853
Characteristics: xvii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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keithbjorklund
Jan 07, 2021

I read up to about p 71

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KNisa
Dec 15, 2020

I ended up in this book by wondering about the freeways and highways on the American cities . Why are they in small towns ? How did they get the land permission to build them? And why they separate cities and towns ? Anyway this book gave me some answers and much more . It’s not an easy read though. Is very dense and it gets repetitive on some chapters.

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Internetconnect
Oct 20, 2020

great important reading you won't be sorry. such a great book.

Hillsboro_JeanineM Oct 06, 2020

Sobering! I am stunned by this book and the realization of having grown up in a country (the United States) that has essentially practiced Apartheid. In college, I became aware of Nelson Mandela and Apartheid in South Africa but I have been completely ignorant about racial injustice and enforced segregation in my own country. There's an abundance of detailed information on de jure segregation. I found it best to read a chapter then take a break as it is a lot of information to process.

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pateljh
Sep 24, 2020

This is a reveling and disturbing book on how mistreated were African-Americans up until now! I used to blame Southern Whites for all the ills of African-Americans. This book tells us ALL OF US are equally responsible, either as direct actors or bystanders.

I think a clever law firm can bring a Class-Action Law Suite on behalf of all African-Americans for damages of hundreds of Billions of dollars from Federal, State, City governments, Banks, Insurance Companies, developers and many more!

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mattfromthecity
Aug 17, 2020

the writing, at times, can be a little dry, wonky, and dense, but this is a very good summation of the sins of our past and should be on the "must read" shelf of anyone looking to better their understanding of not just urban, but all of modern American history, especially those of us who live in such a segregated metropolis

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DavidSpencer99
Feb 01, 2020

When I hear a commentator like Jonah Goldberg bad-mouthing FDR’s administration, I can write it off as grousing by the losing side in America’s history of societal improvement. The Color of Law shows how the same administration promoted redlining and denied well-deserved loans in return for Southern Democrats’ support. While it’s disheartening to know how far short of our ideals we as a nation have fallen, Rothstein’s essential history shows how “we as a nation have avoided contemplating remedies because we’ve because we’ve indulged in the comfortable delusion that our segregation has not resulted primarily from state action and so, we conclude, there is not much we are required to do about it.” [p. 215] it’s good to know that liberal writers can at least own up to the shortcomings, honestly acknowledge mea culpa, and offer solutions, not merely joust with ideological windmills.

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patcarstensen
Oct 29, 2019

It makes a good case. Unfortunately, he is also realistic about the low chances for any solutions.

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acornsandnuts
Apr 05, 2019

An essential read.

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domthom
Aug 08, 2018

I thought this was going to be dull at first with fact after fact. However I'm glad I stuck with the book. It really goes into why areas / cities are mapped out in certain demographics today. Many of the stories in this book are disheartening but it's also good that they're finally being brought to light. I advise others to read to get a better glance at the obstacles some were placed with and against still affecting many to this day.

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