Yes, thank you Discourse, I know my topic is similar to all the other November book threads. But it’s 2017 now!
We’ll start with some heavy stuff. I just read The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, which is all about how government action (or inaction) brought about segregation of African Americans that persists to this day. Explicit racism may be gone thanks to civil rights legislation and the courts, but the legacy of that earlier discrimination remains.
Not an uplifting read, but I’m a firm believer in knowing history even if it’s distressing. If more people recognized this history, we might find more support for the kind of policies that can begin to undo the damage.