This post originally appeared on SCOTUSblog, as part of a symposium on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the challenge to the university’s use of affirmative action in its undergraduate admissions process.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein joined housing policy experts to discuss residential segregation and diversity in America’s cities at the 2015 National Fair Housing Training and Policy Conference held at the U.S.
Appearing on NBC’s “Today,” EPI’s Richard Rothstein explained that parents need regular work schedules so their children can have regular bedtimes and mealtimes and be enrolled in regularly scheduled early childhood programs.
For the first anniversary of the Ferguson uprising, EPI’s Richard Rothstein addressed the Changing America One Community at a Time Conference in St.Louis to discuss how race-conscious public policy created segregation and concentrated poverty.
Although employer demands for evening and night-time work will continue, reforms should create disincentives to schedule work that impedes employees’ ability to provide stable home lives for children.
This article was originally published in The American Prospect on July 5, 2015.
In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications.
In June, Supreme Court decisions on Obamacare and same-sex marriage overshadowed another important decision, this one on housing discrimination, confirming that the Fair Housing Act not only prohibits actions or policies that are intentionally bigoted, but also those that have the effect of disadvantaging minorities, even where no racist intent can be proven.
Economists, sociologists, and developmental psychologists have consistently concluded that background characteristics strongly shape cognitive and behavioral outcomes. When school improvement is not complemented by policies to narrow social class differences, students’ chances of success are greatly diminished.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke about race-conscious government policies designed to segregate metropolitan areas in a presentation to the Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity division of the U.S.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein talked with Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air about government-sponsored segregation and the legacy of racial segregation in America’s metropolitan areas.
President Polakow-Suransky, Dean Roach, and faculty: thank you for this extraordinary honor.
Bank Street graduates: I’m flattered to be sharing this occasion with you.
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute about what he calls "government-sponsored segregation," and how it has led to police-community tensions.
In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks.
Eleven Atlanta educators, convicted and imprisoned, have taken the fall for systematic cheating on standardized tests in American education. Such cheating is widespread, as is similar corruption in any institution—whether health care, criminal justice, the Veterans Administration, or others—where top policymakers try to manage their institutions with simple quantitative measures that distort the institution’s goals.
Last week, Stuart Butler and Jonathan Grabinsky of the Brookings Institution published a web-memorandum describing “Segregation and Concentrated Poverty in the Nation’s Capital.” It showed that racial segregation has not diminished in Washington, D.C.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke at the City Club of Cleveland about concentrated poverty and segregation in American schools.
The U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of issuing a major setback to racial integration efforts. In two weeks, it will hear oral arguments regarding whether the federal government and states should be permitted to pursue policies that perpetuate or exacerbate racial segregation in housing—even where no intent to segregate is proven.
A ruling in a case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court January 21 may make it even more difficult to fight segregation in many areas of American life by requiring civil rights plaintiffs to prove that defendants consciously intended to discriminate.
EPI research associate Richard Rothstein discusses race- vs. class-based affirmative action with Sheryll Cashin, professor of Law at Georgetown Law School, President of Vassar College Catharine Bond Hill and Lia Epperson, professor of Law at Washington College of Law at American University at EPI’s Should Affirmative Action be Colorblind?
Publication in: Race and Social Problems 6 (4), December 2014.
Social and economic disadvantage – not only poverty, but a host of associated conditions – depresses student performance.
In an article just published in the journal Race and Social Policy, I reviewed why education policy is inseparable from civil rights policy.
I’ve spent several years studying the evolution of residential segregation nationwide, motivated in part by convictions that the black-white achievement gap cannot be closed while low-income black children are isolated in segregated schools, that schools cannot be integrated unless neighborhoods are integrated, and that neighborhoods cannot be integrated unless we remedy the public policies that have created and support neighborhood segregation.
The conditions that created Ferguson cannot be addressed without remedying a century of public policies that segregated our metropolitan landscape.
http://www.epi.org/files/2014/WPFW-Rothstein-08-20-2014-edited.mp3EPI’s Richard Rothstein appeared on WPFW-FM’s Community Watch and Comment show with host David Rabin on August 19, 2014 to discuss why race-conscious affirmative action programs for selective universities are still necessary, and why “race-neutral” alternatives developed to accommodate to the Supreme Court’s requirements cannot overcome the under-representation of African Americans resulting from a state-sponsored racial class system.
The Supreme Court has nearly abolished the obligation of selective colleges and universities to give an advantage in admissions to African Americans, as a way to compensate for centuries of racially discriminatory public policy.
In the current issue of The American Prospect, I charge that many liberals and civil rights advocates have been too quick to accommodate to a reactionary Supreme Court plurality that considers the nation’s racial problems to be solved or beyond remedy.
Focusing college-student recruitment on poor neighborhoods can overlook middle-class African Americans entitled to affirmative action.
EPI’s Richard Rothstein appeared at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, in New York City on June 3, 2014
Rothstein spoke about concentrated poverty with Patrick Sharkey of New York University and Ta-Nehisi Coates, National correspondent at The Atlantic.
May 17 is the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision that prohibited Southern states from segregating schools by race.
Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute; Senior Fellow, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law.