Episode 19

S2 BONUS: The Myth of De Facto Segregation


October 14th, 2019

58 mins 36 secs

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About this Episode

It's been a convenient diversion from the truth that's been told since Reconstruction - that the segregation we've seen and continue to see in America is just the effects of private individual biases and incidents of discrimination, rather than codified in law. But, when we look at the facts, that myth breaks down pretty quickly with the abundant examples of policies in local, state, and federal government across the country that explicitly discriminated against African Americans.

In this bonus episode, Richard Rothstein and Shirley Franklin discuss the history and myth of de facto segregation in America - and what it will take to reverse the toxic effects of that history.