This is OH explores 'The Color of Law' in inaugural Community Reads

Posted On: Thursday, September 10, 2020

Image of Community Reads flier for Oct. 30 eventVillage residents are invited to participate in This is OH: Community Reads on Oct. 21. Leading the virtual discussion is Dr. Willie McKether, an anthropologist by training and the Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Toledo. The event is from 5:30-7 p.m. (Register now through Eventbrite)

This focus of this inaugural Community Reads event is a discussion of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” written by Richard Rothstein.

About the book: Widely heralded as a “masterful” (Washington Post) and “essential” (Slate) history of the modern American metropolis, “The Color of Law” offers “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.

About This is OH: It is a volunteer group founded in 2017 that works to educate and bring awareness and constructive action to efforts that support diversity, inclusion, equity, & anti-racism in the Ottawa Hills community. This is OH values education, collaboration, and discussion, and aims to bring together all groups in the Village, including parents, students, teachers, administrators, and police.

Contact ThisisOttawaHills@gmail.com with any questions.





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