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Education Matters – The Color of Law

Topic: The Color of Law

Our guest this week is best-selling author Richard Rothstein. He’s a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute. His research focuses primarily on the history of segregation in the United States in education and housing. In his latest book, “The Color of Law,” he tackles what he says is the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation from personal choices and individual prejudices. Instead, he details how laws and policy decisions made by local, state, and federal governments promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.


Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

Keith Poston

Keith Poston is the president and executive director of the Public School Forum of North Carolina.