The Color of Law," a talk by Richard Rothstein: October 12. 4pm

The racial divide in America's cities - underscored by violence in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charlotte - is not just the product of individual prejudices, income disparity, or the actions of developers, banks, and other private institutions.

In a discussion of his new book The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein makes the case that our federal, state, and local governments shoulder even greater blame. They adopted laws and policies that promoted or facilitated discrimination for decades, sanctioning segregated public housing and demolishing integrated neighborhoods.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley).