Habitats for Inhumanity
Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy and author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” (2017), argues that residential racial segregation in the U.S. is not the result of decisions by private institutions or individuals but the direct result of racially explicit government laws and policies ― including discriminatory zoning ― at the local, state, and federal levels. “The Color of Law” is the story of present-day America in all its municipalities, large and small, liberal and reactionary.
According to Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “Rothstein reveals a history of racism hiding in plain sight and compels us to confront the consequences of the intentional, decades-long governmental policies that created a segregated America.”
The 2018 Arlington Reads series features an investigative journalist, a Princeton sociologist turned urban ethnographer and a leading authority on housing policy — each telling stories of people’s hopes, dreams and losses in the imminent face of eviction, segregation and inhumane living conditions.