While racial discrimination of the past is widely recognized by the general public, a vast majority of people do not know that it is a continued cause of the economic, political, housing, and educational inequities in our current time. The Color of Law teaches a lesson in history often ignored and left out of textbooks- The fact that our own federal, state, and local governments historically, and currently, allow certain groups to thrive more than others through institutionalized racism. This quote from the book shows one of the big truths it teaches.
“Today’s residential segregation in the North, South, Midwest, and West is not the unintended consequence of individual choices and of otherwise well-meaning law or regulation, but of unhidden public policy that explicitly segregated every metropolitan area in the United States.”
Personally, this book is very important to me, and many others, because the topic directly influences the lives of various minorities in America. Growing up, I lived with a single mother and a little brother. We moved very often as my mother found new job opportunities that would better support our family. With this came the viewing of cities with very different demographics. I wondered to myself why certain school districts and communities seemed more advantaged than others. It was something very obvious and concerning to my family and I.
This brought another question to my young mind- Why aren't communities more diverse? Why are suburban communities almost always mostly white? Why do certain schools get to have more privileges than others? For the longest time, these questions lingered in my mind. This book is amazing in that it answers these questions with no sugar coating. It tells an ugly truth, one that has been hidden and denied from many Americans.