NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with author Richard Rothstein about his new book, The Color of Law, which details how federal housing policies in the 1940s and ’50s mandated segregation and undermined the ability of black families to own homes and build wealth.
ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
This is the day in 1954 that the Supreme Court issued its famous ruling desegregating schools, Brown versus Board of Education. Today, schools remain largely segregated, and the author Richard Rothstein argues that’s because housing is segregated. Even today, black and white people generally don’t live in the same neighborhoods. Rothstein’s new book is called “The Color Of Law: A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America.” Welcome to the program.