A great view on the history of U.S. housing policies that are rooted in systematic racism, and how these practices continue to impact people of the United States today. Rothstein puts an emphasis on how while yes, individual acts of racism and bigotry contributed to a segregated country, the U.S. government intentionally segregated Americans through laws and policies at the federal, state, and local level. Rothstein effectively outlines events leading up to and following the civil rights movement, but does not deeply explore current practices that continue to segregate our cities and schools. This book doesn't thoroughly examine the segregation present today and the systematic and structural racism that continues to disadvantage people of color, but is a great book to help understand the housing background which the United States is built upon.
Nov 07, 2022