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April 26, 2018


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Patrick S. O'Donnell

One way the rest of us may yet properly celebrate (hence acknowledge and honor) the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act would be to take the time and trouble (well, it’s 608 pages) to read the well-timed new book by Richard H. Sander, Yana A. Kucheva, and Jonathan M. Zasloff: Moving toward Integration: The Past and Future of Fair Housing (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018).

As Al Brophy would say, “cribbing from the publisher’s web site:”

“Reducing residential segregation is the best way to reduce racial inequality in the United States. African American employment rates, earnings, test scores, even longevity all improve sharply as residential integration increases. Yet far too many participants in our policy and political conversations have come to believe that the battle to integrate America’s cities cannot be won. Richard Sander, Yana Kucheva, and Jonathan Zasloff write that the pessimism surrounding desegregation in housing arises from an inadequate understanding of how segregation has evolved and how policy interventions have already set many metropolitan areas on the path to integration.

Scholars have debated for decades whether America’s fair housing laws are effective. Moving toward Integration provides the most definitive account to date of how those laws were shaped and implemented and why they had a much larger impact in some parts of the country than others. It uses fresh evidence and better analytic tools to show when factors like exclusionary zoning and income differences between blacks and whites pose substantial obstacles to broad integration, and when they do not. Through its interdisciplinary approach and use of rich new data sources, Moving toward Integration offers the first comprehensive analysis of American housing segregation. It explains why racial segregation has been resilient even in an increasingly diverse and tolerant society, and it demonstrates how public policy can align with demographic trends to achieve broad housing integration within a generation.”

Deep State Special Legal Counsel

I am going to ask this question again: What did Donald John Trump do or say to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death?

You expressed surprise that the Fair Housing Act Anniversary got little if any "acclaim?" It's a massive understatement that our President is not hard wired to be sensitive to these issues or human beings.

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