Guest Speaker Series: Richard Rothstein

Wednesday, January 27 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event

Richard Rothstein, a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, is the author of the acclaimed book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein’s book describes and analyzes how American government officials—federal, state, and localin the 20th century deliberately imposed residential racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide. They used a variety of devices including racial zoning, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, tax emptions for institutions that enforced segregation, and official support for violent resistances to African Americans in white neighborhoods, among others. Constitutional scholar Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago said Rothstein’s book calls for a fundamental reexamination of American constitutional law, because it demonstrates that the Supreme Court has failed for decades to understand the extent to which racial segregation in our nation is not the result of private decisions… but is the direct product of unconstitutional government action. The book also has been praised by author Ta Nehisi Coates, for showing a fine understanding of the machinery of government policy. A graduate of Harvard University, Rothstein, earlier in his life, was a highly respected labor organizer, working primarily with low-wage workers in the South and California.

Co-sponsored by the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR).

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