A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America

In 1933, faced with a housing shortage, the federal government began a program explicitly designed to increase — and segregate — America’s housing stock. Author Richard Rothstein says the housing programs begun under the New Deal were tantamount to a “state-sponsored system of segregation.”

The government’s efforts were “primarily designed to provide housing to white, middle-class, lower-middle-class families,” he says. African-Americans and other people of color were left out of the new suburban communities — and pushed instead into urban housing projects.

Rothstein’s new book, The Color of Law, examines the local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation. He notes that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which was established in 1934, furthered the segregation efforts by refusing to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods — a policy known as “redlining.” At the same time, the FHA was subsidizing builders who were mass producing entire white subdivisions — with the requirement that none of the homes be sold to African-Americans.

Rothstein says that these decades-old housing policies have had a lasting effect on American society. “The segregation of our metropolitan areas today leads … to stagnant inequality, because families are much less able to be upwardly mobile when they’re living in segregated neighborhoods where opportunity is absent,” he says. “If we want greater equality in this society, if we want a lowering of the hostility between police and young African-American men, we need to take steps to desegregate.”

lmao, the liberals, as in both republicans and democrats in the united states, pretend they have an arbitrary age where people are on their own, say it’s 18, but really they don’t give a shit about you for the duration of your life.

They claim at 18, you can finally support yourself on your own, but humans aren’t individualist creatures, we thrive on our social structures, we thrive when we help each other. Individualism is a death sentence.

In truth there should be no arbitrary age where we stop helping each other, age shouldn’t determine how much help one needs. We should help all to the best of our abilities regardless of age. Which is why yes, food, housing, medical care, water, education, technology, etc. should be equally allotted to all. 

so my girlfriend and i are gonna be homeless if we can’t find a place to rent out in ventura county by March 3rd and today is February 28th :-) if you have an extra room or anything honestly like even a garage that we might be able to stay in just until we find a permanent place to stay?? im emailing literally every property within our budget but NOTHING is working out!!!! i’ll take literally anything at this point i swear to god.. if u can’t help maybe u could reblog this post? that would rly help? also if you wanna help us out, you could maybe send us some money? my paypal is broken though so the only thing i have is snapcash lol but literally ANYTHING helps at this point!!!! please signal boost!!!!!!!

  • me: provide education, housing, food, and water for all, we have abundance of every one of these things
  • them: but what about money
  • me: MONEY ISNT REAL YOU FUCK.
  • them: but who will pay for it
  • me: We literally don't need to use that archaic system to distribute goods anymore, we're so efficient as a society we can fucking grow up and stop pretending we're those children who can't share
  • me: who were taught by adults in the first place not to share.