Richard Rothstein

Richard Rothstein, an accomplished scholar of education and housing policy and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss how laws and policies at the federal, state and local levels have promoted and enforced the residential racial segregation that exists today.

Combining legal research and human stories, Richard Rothstein’s book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” shows how America’s cities came to be racially divided through de jure (explicit laws enacted by governments), not de facto (individual prejudices, income differences or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies) segregation. Rothstein will demonstrate the impact of this government push for segregation and offer strategies on how to correct these injustices.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be selling Rothstein's book, "The Color of Law," on-site.

About Richard Rothstein

Richard 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 and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). He is the author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America,” which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that violate the Constitution and require remediation. He is also the author of “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right” (2008); “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap” (2004); and “The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement” (1998). Other recent books include “The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement” (co-authored in 2005); and “All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?” (co-authored in 2003).