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MPC Urban Think & Drink—The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.

Through extraordinary revelations and extensive research that Ta-Nehisi Coates has lauded as "brilliant" (The Atlantic), Rothstein comes to chronicle nothing less than an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of de jure segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north.

Richard will be in conversation with Jennifer White, host of WBEZ's Morning Shift.

December 7, 2017, 5 to 7 p.m. CST

Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400 Chicago, IL 60603


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