Did government segregate America?

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Amy McCaig

Did government segregate America?
Economic Policy Institute fellow to discuss residential segregation at Rice event

HOUSTON – (Jan. 30, 2019) – Is the government really responsible for residential racial segregation in the U.S.?

Richard Rothstein. Photo courtesy of Richard Rothstein.

Richard Rothstein. Photo courtesy of Richard Rothstein.

According to a book by Richard Rothstein, a scholar of educational and housing policy and a fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, America’s cities came to be racially divided through explicitly racial policies of federal, state and local governments, rather than through individual prejudices, income differences or private market institutions like banks and real estate agencies.

Rothstein will discuss the impact of this government push for segregation and offer strategies on how to remedy these unconstitutional policies of residential segregation at a Feb. 13 lecture hosted by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban research. A signing for his latest book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America,” will follow the event. Books will be available for purchase.

Who:              Richard Rothstein, fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and a scholar of educational and housing policy.

What:             Rice University Kinder Institute Forum event.

When:            7 p.m. Feb. 13.

Where:           Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St.

Rothstein is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and an emeritus senior fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

He has also authored “Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right,” “Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap” and “The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement.” He is the co-author of “The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement” and “All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different?”

To RSVP for the event, visit https://bit.ly/2Tm9h5O.

For more information, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.


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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.