Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. Previous influential books include Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black–White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.
- Segregation Forever?
Otherwise informed opinion accepts that residential segregation today is mostly “de facto”; a result of personal choices, financial means, or demographic changes. It is not, the consensus concludes, a product of state action. Thus, there is often little support for policies to integrate metropolitan areas. In this talk, Richard Rothstein explains the history of government sponsored segregation and argues in support of policies to reverse it.
- Making Progress in an Altered Landscape
This presentation will focus on ways communities are containing the pandemic and promoting social justice and sustainability.
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregrated America
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