Join ULI Northwest Arkansas and partner ULI District Councils from throughout the Central Region for a conversation with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
Going back to the late 19th century, the author uncovers a policy of de jure segregation in virtually every presidential administration. This "powerful and disturbing history" exposes how American governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide.
Rothstein refutes the common notion that housing segregation in the United States is the result of millions of individual private choices and instead proves with exacting precision and fascinating insight how it is the byproduct of a century of explicit racist government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. The impact has been devastating, denying generations of African Americans the constitutional right to live where they wanted, the right to raise and school their children where they thought best, and the opportunity that whites were afforded to build generational wealth through home ownership.
Following Rothstein's remarks, Dr. James Hawkins, Licensed Professional Counselor with The Joshua Center will moderate questions from the audience and engage in conversation with Rothstein on the lasting impact of those policies in our cities today.
Rothstein Accolades and Awards:
New York Times Bestseller
NYT Notable Book of the Year
NYT Editors’ Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates' "Amazing Books" of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly's 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction Gold Winner
California Book Award (Nonfiction) Finalist
Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) Finalist
Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize
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