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6-2-2020

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How do the arguments made by Richard Rothstein in his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America apply to the metropolitan and suburban areas of Southeast, Massachusetts? To what extent were the Federal, Massachusetts, and local governments’ involved in maintaining residential segregation by race and economic class in Plymouth County Massachusetts, through the Home Owners Loan Corporation and the Federal Housing Administration? The topic of research for the project will investigate the government's role in creating residentially segregated communities in Southeast Massachusetts. Beginning with the “New Deal” policies carried out under FDR, the newly-formed Home Owners Loan Association and the Federal Housing Administration systematically segregated neighborhoods across America on the basis of class and race. Private discrimination has been historically categorized as “de facto” or through societal and private factors and not through government intervention. Regardless of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, racial segregation has only worsened across the country, leaving us with a national housing crisis. Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law disproves the “de facto” segregation theory by claiming all racial discrimination in housing is “de jure” or by law because the HOLC and FHA control mortgage lenders with implicit and explicit laws. This article sheds light on the disproportionate levels of poverty in minority communities found in the City of Brockton, as compared to the racially homogenous surrounding suburbs. The residential landscape affects all aspects of life- education, opportunity, crime, financial security, and beyond. A “disparate impact” has been caused by this rapid shift in demographics in the past thirty years.

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The Unexplored History of Brockton, Massachusetts’ Residential Racial Inequity

How do the arguments made by Richard Rothstein in his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America apply to the metropolitan and suburban areas of Southeast, Massachusetts? To what extent were the Federal, Massachusetts, and local governments’ involved in maintaining residential segregation by race and economic class in Plymouth County Massachusetts, through the Home Owners Loan Corporation and the Federal Housing Administration? The topic of research for the project will investigate the government's role in creating residentially segregated communities in Southeast Massachusetts. Beginning with the “New Deal” policies carried out under FDR, the newly-formed Home Owners Loan Association and the Federal Housing Administration systematically segregated neighborhoods across America on the basis of class and race. Private discrimination has been historically categorized as “de facto” or through societal and private factors and not through government intervention. Regardless of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, racial segregation has only worsened across the country, leaving us with a national housing crisis. Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law disproves the “de facto” segregation theory by claiming all racial discrimination in housing is “de jure” or by law because the HOLC and FHA control mortgage lenders with implicit and explicit laws. This article sheds light on the disproportionate levels of poverty in minority communities found in the City of Brockton, as compared to the racially homogenous surrounding suburbs. The residential landscape affects all aspects of life- education, opportunity, crime, financial security, and beyond. A “disparate impact” has been caused by this rapid shift in demographics in the past thirty years.