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How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under The Color of Law

On this edition of Your Call, Leah and Richard Rothstein discuss their new book, Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under The Color of Law.

Just Action is a follow-up to Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law, which set out to “demolish the myth of de facto segregation." In Just Action, Richard teams up with his daughter, housing policy expert Leah Rothstein, to pick up where The Color of Law left off: laying out a path forward for activists to upend housing segregation and enact real change.

“Residential segregation underlies our most serious social problems” they write, including health inequity, police violence, political polarization, and wealth gaps between white and Black households.

The Rothsteins argue that the key to ending housing segregation is a “reinvigorated civil rights movement,” one that begins locally and advocates for improved resources, zoning reform, effective control of urban gentrification, and the stemming of white flight.


Richard Rothstein, author and Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Leah Rothstein, housing policy consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area


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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.