April 28, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Come learn and socialize with members as we explore fiction and non-fiction books that delve into social justice topics.
This month, we will be discussing housing inequality in St. Louis and beyond. Our next book is “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein.
Exploding the myth of de facto segregation arising from private prejudice or the unintended consequences of economic forces, Rothstein describes how the American government systematically imposed residential segregation: with undisguised racial zoning; public housing that purposefully segregated previously mixed communities; subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs; tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation; and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods. A groundbreaking, “virtually indispensable” study that has already transformed our understanding of twentieth-century urban history, The Color of Law forces us to face the obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past.
We would love for you to join us and discuss this thought-provoking book. For more information and to RSVP please contact Jen Bernstein.