"The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" (Encore)

Jun 12, 2020

On this edition of ST, a discussion from our archives. In 2017, we spoke with Richard Rothstein, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Widely seen as a leading authority on U.S. housing policy, Rothstein told us about his then-new book, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America." This book has recently entered The New York Times Bestseller List, which makes sense in that its themes and historical truths are now a part of our national conversation about race. Thus we're re-airing our interview about the book on today's show. (And per The Washington Post: "Masterful.... The Rothstein book gathers meticulous research showing how governments at all levels long employed racially discriminatory policies to deny blacks the opportunity to live in neighborhoods with jobs, good schools, and upward mobility.")