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ETHS hosts Family Action Network event March 21 with Richard Rothstein

Mar 9, 2018  9:01am CT


The following announcement is provided by Family Action Network.

"The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America”

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00pm

Evanston Township High School Auditorium

1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201


FAN: Richard_Rothstein  

Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute (image from

Evanston Township High School will host "The Color of Law: The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” with Richard Rothstein on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium.


In his highly-acclaimed 2017 book 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. To scholars and social critics, racism in our neighborhoods has long been viewed as a manifestation of unscrupulous real estate agents, unethical mortgage lenders, and exclusionary covenants working outside the law. This is what is commonly known as “de facto segregated,” practices that were the outcome of private, not legal or public policy, means. Yet, as Rothstein breaks down in case after case, until the last quarter of the twentieth century de facto paled in comparison to de jure (government-sponsored) segregation.


A former columnist for the New York Times and a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, as well as a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley,  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. The structural conditions established by 20th-century federal policy endure to this day in all municipalities, large and small, liberal and reactionary.


ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive about 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.


The March 21 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) in partnership in partnership Connections for the Homeless, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore.  


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