Join SFAR’s Education and Events Committee, the Diversity Committee and Guarantee Mortgage in welcoming New York Times Bestselling author, Richard Rothstein. We will be in conversation about his book The Color of Law, which exposes the powerful and disturbing history of how Federal, State and Local governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on cities from San Francisco to Boston and promoted discriminatory practices that continue to this day.
A must-read for anyone in the real estate or mortgage industry, The Color of Law expands our understanding of this history, showing how government policies led to the creation of officially segregated public housing, the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods, and federal subsidies for builders on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. Rothstein also demonstrates how police and prosecutors brutally upheld these standards by supporting violent resistance to black families in white neighborhoods.
Recent outbursts of violence in cities like Baltimore, Ferguson, and Minneapolis show us precisely how the legacy of these earlier eras contributes to persistent racial unrest. “The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book” (Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), as Rothstein’s invaluable examination shows that only by relearning this history can we finally pave the way for the nation to remedy its Unconstitutional past.
Rothstein’s presentation will be followed by moderated discussion by former YPN Chair and Compass agent Marcus Grogans – with audience questions to conclude the presentation.
If you want to do some advanced preparation for this discussion or cannot make the event but want to know more – this animated video has plenty of insight from the author: Segregated by Design
In conjunction with this event, Guarantee Mortgage is generously underwriting a special fundraiser: https://donorbox.org/support-the-welcome-home-project-through-your-purchase-of-the-new-york-times-bestseller-color-of-law?fbclid=IwAR1F-3BCN7UdGXMnlBvm_VXS5_mAktm5sR-jU_h-61MoaXzEzyx6Et0TgBI
For a donation of $25.00, SFAR members will receive a copy of “The Color of Law” and 100% of the proceeds will go to SFAR’s Welcome Home Project which provides essential housewares and personal items to formerly homeless families and individuals who are transitioning into permanent housing. For more information on the Welcome Home Project, please visit the program’s website. https://www.welcomehomesf.org
We have just 100 copies of the “The Color of Law” for this fundraiser, so please order yours today! You are welcome to order more than one copy. Depending on shipping, the book(s) may arrive to you after the July 16 event. You will be asked to provide your mailing address when you make a donation.
Thank you for your engagement on important issues around diversity and inclusion, and for your support of the Welcome Home Project!