This interview is a fascinating and eye-opening overview of the Golden State's little known history of virulent de facto racial segregation (called "genteel Apartheid" by one sociologist in as far back as 1960). This is important work. We as a society will never be able to have a fair, factually-grounded discussion about social policy so long as we labor under all these Disney-esque misconceptions about the origins of poverty, racism and marginalization in contemporary America.
Are the myriad crises besetting California's economy new, or do they have their origins in longstanding practices that denied millions of residents access to public goods and services? Daniel Martinez HoSang challenges the notion of a lost Golden Age by examining the history of racialized ballot measures in California.