Each month, Cinnaire’s Advancing Communities Podcast brings together our Chief Strategy Officer Jim Peffley with thought leaders, guests, policy makers and others who are making an impact in the community development and affordable housing industries. Our guests share their experiences and perspective on a range of topics, each supporting the belief that all people deserve the opportunities provided by living in healthy communities.
In this two-part episode, Jim sits down with Richard Rothstein, author of the Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, to examine the decades-old local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation, violated the constitution, and created racially homogeneous neighborhoods in cities across the country. Rothstein outlines with precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America – the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and contributed to so much social strife – is the byproduct of explicit, governmentally created and enforced racist policies. Listen as Richard draws from his own research along with the scholarship of a generation of historians and sociologists whose documentation of the federal role in urban segregation including government redlining has been so central to our understanding of the recent urban past.