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institutional racism

Candacy Taylor

Forget the movie, which won the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture despite criticism for being overly simplistic and “whitewashed”—the real-life “Green Book” was a widely-distributed paperback pamphlet that listed tens of thousands of businesses that would serve African Americans in pre-Civil Rights Act America. In this interview, we speak with Candacy Taylor, a Bay Area-based cultural documentarian putting together a book and Smithsonian Museum exhibit based on the Green Book.

New York Public Library

When Hank Hendrix was a teenager in Fresno in the 1950s, his family would embark on road trips to visit extended family in Arkansas. “My mom would cook everything before we left,” he says. “We’d got water, food, everything, and that’s the way we would travel.”

Jessica Trounstine

We’ve heard a lot about how government policies in San Joaquin Valley cities and beyond have created race and class segregation for more than a century. Well, now Jessica Trounstine, a UC Merced political science professor, has written a book about this American phenomenon called "Segregation by Design: Local Politics and Inequality in American Cities."

 

Listen to the interview above to hear more about how local governments intentionally use policies to segregate cities by race and wealth.