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Robert B. Reich

Why we must fight economic apartheid in America

Why we must fight economic apartheid in America

Almost lost in the wave of responses to the Supreme Court decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the court's decision on housing discrimination. In a 5-4 ruling, the court found that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires plaintiffs to show only that the effect of a policy is discriminatory, not that defendants intended to discriminate. The decision is important to the fight against economic apartheid in America -- racial segregation on a much larger geographic scale than ever before. The decision is likely to affect everything from bank lending practices whose effect is to harm low-income, non-white...