Richard Rothstein on how our government segregated America

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Richard Rothstein and the book cover of The Color of Law

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law (UC Berkeley photo by Max Godino)

Richard Rothstein, a fellow of UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, gave a lecture in February 2019 about the forgotten history of how federal, state and local policy segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. This lecture was part of a series of talks sponsored by Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

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 also the author of the book Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (2004).

Listen to the full lecture in Berkeley Talks episode #15: “Richard Rothstein on how our government segregated America.”