Racial Equity Initiative Books to Discuss Together: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
Please join us via Zoom for a discussion of chapters 1-4 of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
In The Color of Law, author Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies that promoted discriminatory housing practices at the local, state, and federal levels. The results of these laws and policies not only created the segregated communities we now have, but they are also a primary cause of the wealth gap we see today between whites and African Americans in the U.S., and includes impacts we can see in our own communities in the Bay Area.
Rothstein lives in Berkeley, CA and is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Color of Law was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017.
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we have launched a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Reading and discussing books together is one form of education.