Historian and best-selling author Richard Rothstein will discuss the ways in which government policies, well into the 20th Century, created and reinforced racial segregation in America. Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law, is an extremely important contribution to our national conversation on race and has been celebrated across the political spectrum.
Following his presentation, Rothstein will answer selected questions from the audience.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Human Values at The Ohio State University, the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and the City Club of Cleveland.
Richard Rothstein is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. The book expands upon, and provides a national perspective on, his recent work that has documented the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, The Making of Ferguson.