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The history of housing segregation in the Bay Area and beyond


Did you know that Richmond, Milpitas, and Palo Alto all had sub-divisions where it was illegal for African Americans to own a house? On this edition of Your Call, Richard Rothstein discusses The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which details how laws and policy decisions promoted the very discriminatory patterns that continue today.

Many of the Bay Area’s segregated, low income neighborhoods can be traced directly back to discriminatory housing policies either created or enforced by local, state and federal authorities. How can that same system begin to make amends for the inequities they created?


Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History Of How Our Government Segregated America

Web Resources:

Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law

Citylab: Breaking the Backbone of Segregation


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.