Housing Is Shamefully Segregated. Who Segregated It?

Housing Is Shamefully Segregated. Who Segregated It?

Housing segregation scars every metropolitan map in America, and almost every institution of American life is complicit in maintaining this geography of exclusion. But in his new book, "The Color of Law," Richard Rothstein argues that pervasive segregation cannot be chalked up entirely to the private prejudices of realtors and lenders or the personal choices of homebuyers. Rather, he writes, the racial separation of so many American neighborhoods is chiefly the responsibility of the public sector and, above all, the federal government.

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