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Thurgood Marshall Institute Fellow Richard Rothstein Writes On Housing Segregation and Racial Inequities

Monday, May 9, 2016

LDF Senior Fellow Richard Rothstein Writes on Housing Segregation and Racial Inequities in the Economic Policy Institute Blog

Housing Segregation Undergirds the Nation’s Racial Inequities

In June, the Supreme Court rescued the Fair Housing Act from a claim that it prohibited only overt discrimination—where a government body announces that it is enacting a housing policy for racially discriminatory reasons. Instead, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion concluded that housing policies must be avoided that have the effect of reinforcing segregation, regardless of policymakers’ provable intent, unless an agency enacting such a policy can show that there was no reasonable alternative to segregation as a way to accomplish legitimate housing objectives.

These days, when few public officials are so incautious as to announce they are racists, a different Court decision would have hamstrung efforts to desegregate housing nationwide.

Read the full article here.