The Color of Law recounted how government at all levels created segregation. Just Action describes how we can begin to undo it.
“The most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state, and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation” (William Julius Wilson), The Color of Law has become a landmark work, selling nearly 1,000,000 copies. Aware that twenty-first-century segregation continues to promote inequality and exploit political polarization, Richard Rothstein paired with housing policy expert Leah Rothstein to write Just Action, a book that energizes local organizations to win community victories that might finally challenge residential segregation and cascade into a groundswell movement. The coauthors have produced a social blueprint for community leaders, concerned residents, and everyday citizens alike, insisting that the private sector take responsibility for redressing the segregation that it played a large part in creating. Whether providing strategies for protecting renters’ rights and security, diminishing the dangerous black-white wealth gap, opening up exclusive white areas to diverse residents, or stemming “white flight” from neighborhoods in transition, Just Action, with trenchant insight, provides the groundwork for remedying America’s profoundly unconstitutional past.