UPDATE: Weekly recordings and questions below.

Wednesdays, January 12 – February 16 @ noon (registration closes at noon the day before the event)
Register for the Read Aloud: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/kckpl-read-aloud-color-law-forgotten-history-how-our-government-segregated-america-0

Thursday, February 17 @ 7pm
Register for the virtual author talk: https://kckpl.librarymarket.com/events/virtual-author-event-richard-rothstein-color-law


Reading, Listening, and Contemplating on Your Own:
These recordings are provided with permission from W. W. Norton & Company until March 17, 2022.

Week 1 Recording:
https://youtu.be/gJnkaVQSHyQ (Prologue, Chapters 1-2) 1 hour, 33 minutes

Week 1 Discussion Questions:
1. Rothstein describes the difference between “de facto” segregation and “de jure” segregation and how housing injustices fall into the latter term. Have you heard these terms before? What surprised you as you read the first two chapters?

2. When the Richmond, California Ford plant moved to Milpitas, white workers could buy homes near the new factory and stay employed. Frank Stevenson and several co-workers shared expenses for a long commute in order to keep their jobs. Because of Frank Stevenson’s motivation, his family and the families of those he commuted with were better off financially. It is sometimes said that African Americans must be twice as good to succeed. Is the resourcefulness of Frank Stevenson a reasonable substitute for sound public policy remedies?

3. The subtitle of this book is “A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”. Do you think this history was really “forgotten”? Should we have known about this history? Why aren’t we as a country more aware of it?


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