St. Louis conference ‘celebrates’ 50 years of Fair Housing Act

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Advocates concerned about persistent housing segregation in the region might question why promotional materials for the 2018 Fair Housing Conference use the word “celebrate” in reference to the Fair Housing Act.

“The reality is the racial segregation that we see everywhere in this country is the product of very explicit design by the federal state and local governments, intended to segregate the nation by race,” said Richard Rothstein, ahead of Wednesday’s meeting.

Rothstein, the keynote speaker, is the author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.” The book, published in 2017, argues that segregation was not merely a social phenomenon based on prejudice. Rothstein uses public records to show how specific racist policies insured the continuing separation of whites and blacks. Check out the full story

By Holly Edgell, St. Louis Public Radio


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