Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law



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On September 12, 2017, Open Communities Alliance and its partners, including Yale Law School and Trinity College, are pleased to present three opportunities to see historian Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, an examination of the government's central role in creating residential segregation.

Racial, ethnic, and economic residential segregation today is no accident, but rather the result of intentional government policies, such as redlining, enforcing racial covenants,  discriminatory lending, and outright segregation in federal programs. These policies shaped our geographies and our lives -- and many still persist today in more subtle forms. Come learn with us! 

September 12, 2017

12:00 - 1:30pm
Luncheon Book Talk
Trinity College
Mather Campus Center
Terrace Rooms A, B, C
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT

Free to Attend

(Limited seats available)

4:30 - 6:00 pm

The Mory's Association
306 York Street
New Haven, CT


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6:00 - 8:00 pm
Book Talk and Panel Discussion
Yale University
Sterling Law Building
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

Free to Attend

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If your organization is interested in sponsoring these events, you may sign up here!

In praise of The Color of Law… 
“Through meticulous research and powerful human stories, Richard Rothstein reveals a history of racism hiding in plain sight and compels us to confront the consequences of the intentional, decades-long governmental policies that created a segregated America. The American landscape will never look the same to readers of this important book.”
Sherrilyn A. Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund 
“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 Based on careful analyses of multiple historical documents, Rothstein has presented what I consider to be the most forceful argument ever published on how federal, state and local governments gave rise to and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

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