Color of Law
Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies 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 Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past. 13 illustrations. Author: Richard Rothstein. Paperback; 368 pages.