Each month, LISC CEO and president, Maurice A. Jones, shares his thoughts and ideas on community development topics.
We are back this month with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a Senior Fellow, emeritus, at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP. In this episode, we delve into the historical context for the work LISC does, through the prism of the book’s major theme: residential racial segregation, which was enforced via federal and local law and policy through much of the 20th century.
We explore ways to redress the ills of housing segregation, including the role public and private sectors can play. Richard also gives a glimpse into the next phase of his work, sharing strategies for building a new civil rights movement to remedy these injustices. To our minds, The Color of Law should be required reading in classrooms and workplaces across the country.