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Race Matters Book Club
“The Color of Law – a Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” will be the read for the November 25th gathering of the ACTS “Race Matters” Book Club. The 7:00 PM session will be held at First Baptist Church, 5833 E Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, NY 13078. Social scientist/author Richard Rothstein was in Syracuse on September 17th for a talk sponsored by Legal Services of CNY. “The Color of Law” has been the topic of LSCNY’s Summer Reading project. A “Housing Segregation Timeline” can be downloaded at https:// eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=f38e1313-b5c9-4bb7- bc40-1f7994c52476
Rothstein told the Syracuse audience that our community was no different than many throughout the USA where the public & private sectors colluded in excluding persons of color from the suburbs and locking them into pockets of urban concentrated poverty. He heralded “segregated housing” as the lead for a new Civil Rights Movement emerging across the country.
Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and an Emeritus Senior Fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Living in California, he is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. The NYT Book Review called his book “a powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America ... While the road forward is far from clear, there is no better history of this troubled journey.”
We all know [or should know] that Syracuse is one of the most segregated communities in the country. It is at the core of our public education problems. It is one of the key reasons for the persistence of poverty here. Please join the book club for a dynamic discussion of what has been and what we should do about it...to reclaim social justice in housing!