The racial divide in America’s cities — underscored by violence in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charlotte — is not just the product of individual prejudices, income disparity, or the actions of developers, banks, and other private institutions. In a discussion of his new book, The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein makes the case that our federal, state, and local governments shoulder even greater blame. They adopted laws and policies that promoted or facilitated discrimination dor decades, sanctioning segregated public housing and demolishing integrated neighrbohoods. Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a former New York Times columnist.
Refreshments will be provided, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
This FREE event will be held Dec. 7, 10 am – 12 pm, in the Veterans Room at the Oak Park Main Library.