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Martin Luther King Remembrance

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Professor Rothstein
Professor Richard Rothstein
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Fellow, Thurgood Marshall Institute, NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Fellow, Haas Institute, University of California–Berkeley

Zoom Presentation
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 
from 12 - 1 p.m. CST
Attend in-person in Lewis 241 or on Zoom 

All in-person attendees will receive a copy of THE COLOR OF LAW
The Color of Law

In THE COLOR OF LAW, Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal level.  

Rothstein has spent years documenting the evidence that government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere, but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African-Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live, and raise and school their children where they thought best. 

While the Fair Housing Act in 1968 provided modest enforcement to prevent future discrimination, it did nothing to reverse or undo a century’s worth of state-sanctioned violations of the Bill of Rights, particularly the Thirteenth Amendment which banned treating former slaves as second-class citizens. So, the structural conditions established by 20th century federal policy endure to this day. 

At every step of the way, Rothstein demonstrates, the government and our courts upheld racist policies to maintain the separation of whites and blacks. Leading to the powder keg which has defined Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and Chicago.  The Color Of Law is not a tale of Red versus Blue states. It is sadly the story of America in all of its municipalities, large and small, liberal and reactionary.​

Please register by January 18, 2022.  In-person attendance will be capped at 75 attendees; those who register after the room cap is met will receive a Zoom link. All online participants will receive a link just prior to the event.  

Please note that all in-person attendees must comply with DePaul University's COVID-19 policy, which requires attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to the program. Documentation will be reviewed at check-in for the event for all guests except DePaul faculty, staff and students. In addition, all attendees must wear a mask at all times while inside any DePaul University building. These rules are subject to change in accordance with public health guidance.

This program is organized by the DePaul College of Law Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Building Committee.