Lenten Series

Parish Hall

Our Lenten series will focus on Justice and Advocacy topics using the book, 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.


Described as “the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson). 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.


Video Resources:


Race the Power of Illusion: The House we Live In (6 minutes)


NPR Race & Redlining: Housing Segregation in America, A Short History by Code Switch (6:30 minutes)


The Segregation Myth: Richard Rothstein Debunks an American Lie (8:30 minutes)


Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law (50 minutes)


The Uncomfortable Truth (Amazon Prime)



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