Course Description

ONLINE: Prior to the publication of Richard Rothstein’s groundbreaking work, citizens, policymakers and courts alike subscribed to the myth that Black and white Americans live separately by choice. By meticulously documenting the role of government in racial zoning, bank loan redlining, subsidizing the creation of whites-only suburbs and blatant housing discrimination against Black citizens, Rothstein convincingly exposed how federal, state and local governments deliberately and systematically imposed racial segregation. Combining an in-depth study of his landmark book “The Color of Law” with selected articles, interviews and primary legal resources, we will explore this history while embracing our obligation to remedy our unconstitutional past. By introducing Richard and Leah Rothstein’s new book, “Just Action,” we will also explore how ordinary citizens can begin to challenge residential segregation that is both created and perpetuated under the color of law. | Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

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Section Title
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
May 02, 2024 to Jun 06, 2024
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Section Notes

Students will be assigned chapters from the required text to read prior to each class session, with additional (optional) recommended resources posted on the course website. Some class sessions will feature small group discussions in breakout rooms.

Required reading:
Richard Rothstein, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America" (9781631494536)
Recommended reading:
Richard Rothstein & Leah Rothstein, "Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted under the Color of Law" (9781324093244)

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