The Color of Law Discussion with Richard Rothstein
Introduction by John Barros
Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston
Join us for a talk with Richard Rothstein to discuss his bestselling book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. In this ground-breaking work on American housing policy, Richard Rothstein explores the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation-- that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation--the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments-- that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.
Food and refreshments will be served