“The segregation of our metropolitan areas today leads to stagnant inequality because families are much less able to be upwardly mobile when they’re living in segregated neighborhoods where opportunity is absent,” says Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law. “If we want greater equality in this society, we need to take steps to desegregate.”
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Renee Koubiadis, Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey (APN), present ed on APN’s report, The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey which found that structural racism is a primary cause of poverty in New Jersey.
“The Color of Law informs us about how we created segregated communities in our nation through formal policy and action in our nation’s history,” Says Koubiadis. The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice, and Poverty in New Jersey outlines how those formal policies became part of our institutions and structures. They reinforce structural racism in housing and other areas of our communities to create and sustain concentrated poverty in what is now one of the most segregated states in the nation. We look forward to sharing some of the solutions for how our state can move toward an end to structural racism and poverty and engaging new partners in this work.
This Public Policy Forum is part of a series providing opportunities to engage advocates and community, faith-based and civic leaders in solutions to affordable housing issues in NJ. It follows on the success of the October 2017 forum focused on the issue of Eviction.