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Systemic discrimination


Thanks for Wayne Hare’s article on Portland segregation (“ ‘Alienated’ in Portland,” HCN, 5/28/18). The process by which blacks are segregated and redlined is common everywhere. Our church here in Louisville, Kentucky, recently hosted a four-part series on systemic racism. We learned there that the same thing happened here — and happens everywhere. I had no idea that the Federal Housing Authority deliberately ensured that blacks were unable to get mortgages. Discrimination expert Richard Rothstein, whom Wayne mentions, has written a book, The Color of Law, which goes into great detail about the whole process. Heavy reading, but worth it.

Joy Jamison
Louisville, Kentucky