Richard Rothstein's book explores the history of policies and practices that kept African Americans from owning homes in the United States.

Richard Rothstein's book explores the history of policies and practices that kept African Americans from owning homes in the United States.

In his new book Richard Rothstein explains how, for more than 100 years, the U.S. government practiced, enforced and allowed segregation in housing.

Segregated public housing, whites-only suburbs, racially biased loan programs and a host of other practices hobbled African-Americans, Rothstein argues, leading to the deep socioeconomic and geographic divides that exist in the United States today.

Rothstein calls his book “a forgotten history” because it was once known. Acknowledging and understanding this history again, he says, is the first step toward finding a solution.

Guests

  • Richard Rothstein Research associate, Economic Policy Institute; senior fellow, Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; author "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America"
  • Jim Carr Coleman A. Young Endowed Chair and Professor in Urban Affairs, Wayne State University; Visiting Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute; consultant to the National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Nela Richardson Chief economist at Redfin
  • Sherrilyn Ifill President and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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