‘respecting local attitudes’

As I read through The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein I’m going to capture tidbits that I find compelling. From the last paragraph of Chapter 1 page 37:

“Reflecting on public housing in his state, Carey McWilliams, who had been California’s housing commissioner in the early years of World War II, later wrote that “the federal government [had] in effect been planting the seeds of Jim Crow practices throughout the region under the guise of ‘respecting local attitudes.'”

The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein

We can only wonder what our urban areas would look like today if, instead of creating segregation where it never, or perhaps barely, existed, federal and local government had pushed in the opposite direction, using public housing as an example of how integrated living could be successful.