(WASHINGTON POST) Emily Badger — Walter Mondale expected, as a lot of people did in 1968, that the Fair Housing Act would really change things. He thought it would break down segregation, force communities that had long discriminated to do the right thing, and foster more places where blacks and whites live as neighbors.
Nearly 50 years later, however, the change has been much less dramatic. American cities still remain heavily segregated by race. And diverse places, he fears, are re-segregating.
“I was younger and more naïve,” Mondale says now, “and more certain that the law took care of all problems.”