Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law



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On September 12, 2017, Open Communities Alliance and its partners, including Trinity College, were 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! 


Luncheon Book Talk, Trinity College

Open Communities Alliance, Trinity College, and their partners are honored to present historian Richard Rothstein discussing his groundbreaking new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. 

Moderated by Trinity professor, historian, cultural critic, and social theorist of urban America, Professor Davarian L. Baldwin, and featuring the Connecticut research of Professor Jack Dougherty and his students, this event will explore Rothstein's extraordinary revelations about how the laws and policy decisions of local, state and federal governments actually promoted discriminatory housing patterns that continue to this day.

This event is co-sponsored at Trinity by the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Educational Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Political Science, Public Policy & Law, Sociology, and Professor Davarian Baldwin at Trinity College.

Video of this event is available here.



Reception, The Mory's Association

This event offered a pre-talk reception at Mory's, a time-honored Yale institution, including an opportunity to meet the author! Substantial hors d'oeuvres and drinks were served, and books were available for sale.


Book Talk and Panel Discussion, Yale Law School

This event included an interview with Richard Rothstein, followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity for audience questions.

Panelists include:

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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