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In the The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that U.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, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear 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.
We want to hear stories from teachers who have taught about this topic.
Tell us how you teach about dejure housing discrimination and racial segregation, using excerpts from Richard Rothstein’s book or articles. Or let us know how students have responded to the related lesson by Linda Christensen, “Stealing Home: Eminent Domain, Urban Renewal, and the Loss of Community.”
In appreciation for stories and (when possible) photos, we will send a hardcover copy of The Color of Law. This offer will continue until the copies are distributed. A limited supply is available, so please respond soon.