Richard Rothstein discusses his book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, a critically acclaimed exploration of segregation as the result of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The Color of Law was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017.
Rothstein is a distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.
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“Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law is one of those rare books that will be discussed and debated for many decades. Based on careful analyses of multiple historical documents, Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and reinforced neighborhood segregation.” – William Julius Wilson, author of The Truly Disadvantaged
“Essential…Rothstein persuasively debunks many contemporary myths about racial discrimination….Only when Americans learn a common―and accurate―history of our nation’s racial divisions, he contends, will we then be able to consider steps to fulfill our legal and moral obligations. For the rest of us, still trying to work past 40 years of misinformation, there might not be a better place to start than Rothstein’s book.” – Rachel M. Cohen, Slate
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