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TechEquity Book Club: The Color of Law
April 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1968, the Fair Housing Act was enacted to prohibit future discrimination in our housing policy. However, it did nothing to reverse the deeply racial undertones that were already embedded in American society. The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein is a dive into America’s housing policy and how segregation has persisted because of the laws and policy decisions of local, state, and federal governments over the last century.
On April 3rd, we’ll be discussing the book with the author. Richard Rothstein lives in the East Bay and points to neighborhoods like Rockridge as a case study for how these policies have played out over time. We’ll hear directly from him on how this inequity was instituted and how it persists in our own backyard. We’ll also talk about solutions.
You don’t need to have read the book to join us for this event. If you’re looking for a brief primer on the topic before the event, we recommend:
An interview with Richard Rothstein by Terry Gross on Fresh Air
Ta-Nahesi Coates’ Atlantic feature from 2014, The Case for Reparations, which outlines some history of redlining in the US
A recent Center for Investigative Reporting report on mortgage lending in African-American communities
Light snacks and drinks will be served.
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