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Preston Lauterbach, author of Beale Street Dynasty, is a former visiting scholar at Rhodes College in Memphis, and currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities.
To understand racial inequality in America, start with housing. Here, in the nation’s poorest major city, the segregationist roots go deep.