Thursday, September 26, 7pm
Cardinal Rigali Center, 20 Archbishop May
Left Bank Books, and Missouri Jobs with Justice welcome author and housing policy expert Richard Rothstein, who will sign and discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Governent Segregated America!
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes 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. Rothstein shows how this process of segregation began with explicit racial zoning.
"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
This event is free and open to the public.