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Book Review: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

by Richard Rothstein


This is an important book, but after a while, I did feel it was very repetitive. This is worthy of note in itself, because the author effectively got his point across by frustrating me. He illustrated examples of segregation through housing and systems of law again and again and again, throughout American history. If this was tedious for me to read, it must be unfathomably tedious and disheartening to experience, to say the least. Books like this show in depressing detail how insidious racism is in society and how challenging it is to combat something that goes so deep. Yet I am hopeful it can be done, if the momentum doesn't die down and people go VOTE! This book made it totally clear that we need a government that supports equality among all people to even begin the work of effecting real change.