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Mapping prejudice in Jefferson County, Colorado: Resources & readings

Official, historic real estate documents from Jefferson County, Colorado reveal patterns of systemic racism.

Colorado Resources

Readings

  • The color of law : a forgotten history of how our government segregated America by Richard Rothstein.  "Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation -- that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes it clear that it was de jure segregation -- the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments -- that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day."   AVAILABLE in most libraries & through most booksellers.
  • 'Legacy of Shame': How Racist Clauses in Housing Deeds Divided America by Clare Trapasso.  An article from Realtor.com that outlines the history of race-based covenants.
  • Make Better Deeds : A Research Project for Repairing Broken Neighborhoods  A project in Virginia to eliminate race-based language from deeds & covenants

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