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December 5, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogWhat Mr. Carson’s view ignores is that the racial segregation of every metropolitan area in the nation is also the result of “social engineering”—the purposeful efforts of federal, state, and local governments to create and enforce the residential separation of the races. What the Obama administration has begun are plans to undo this social engineering. Failing to continue these plans doesn’t avoid social engineering—it perpetuates it.
October 13, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn Quartz, I described a rarely noticed but devastating development that is undermining African American working and middle class families—a racially disparate property tax system that, in many cities, extorts a premium from African American homeowners.
May 23, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogSimply put, if the racial concentration of students had been entirely unchanged from 2001 to 2014, the share of schools that had high percentages of poor and black or Hispanic students would still have grown, solely because of a growth in family poverty or near-poverty.
May 9, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogHousing segregation undergirds many of the nation’s seemingly intractable racial inequities. Federal courts may be starting to notice.
April 14, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogLast week, the Princeton University trustees announced they were rejecting student protester demands that “Woodrow Wilson” be removed from the names of the university’s School of Public and International Affairs and a residential undergraduate college.
April 1, 2016 | By Richard Rothstein | AudioEPI’s Richard Rothstein joined public radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show” to talk about helping isolated, poor and minority communities get access to reliable and safe transportation.
September 16, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | AudioEPI’s Richard Rothstein discussed housing discrimination, racial segregation, and poverty in America on public radio’s “The Diane Rehm Show.”
September 8, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogThis 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.
September 3, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | MultimediaEPI 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.
August 26, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | MultimediaAppearing 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.
August 13, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | MultimediaFor 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.
July 7, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryThis article was originally published in The American Prospect on July 5, 2015. In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications.
Supreme Court: Fair Housing Act Bars Policies that Segregate, even if Segregation is not Intentional
July 6, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn 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.
June 4, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI 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.
May 22, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | AudioEPI 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.
Teaching in a Challenging Environment; the Ethical Challenges You Will Face: Bank Street College Commencement
May 14, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | SpeechPresident 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.
May 6, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | AudioNPR'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.
April 29, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn 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.
April 3, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogEleven 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.
Should We Force Integration on Those Who Don’t Want It?, and Other Commonplace Questions about Race Relations
March 30, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogLast 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.
March 6, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI research associate Richard Rothstein spoke at the City Club of Cleveland about concentrated poverty and segregation in American schools.
Will the Supreme Court Annihilate One of the Most Effective Tools for Battling Racial Segregation in Housing?
January 9, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogThe 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.
If the Supreme Court Bans the Disparate Impact Standard it Could Annihilate One of the Few Tools Available to Pursue Housing Integration
January 9, 2015 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryA 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.
December 8, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI 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?
November 13, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | VideoEPI research associate Richard Rothstein discussed how a century of purposeful federal, state, and local policy to segregate the St. Louis metropolitan area by race was at the root of the events in Ferguson.
The Racial Achievement Gap, Segregated Schools, and Segregated Neighborhoods – A Constitutional Insult
November 12, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | CommentaryPublication in: Race and Social Problems 6 (4), December 2014. Abstract Social and economic disadvantage – not only poverty, but a host of associated conditions – depresses student performance.
November 12, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogIn an article just published in the journal Race and Social Policy, I reviewed why education policy is inseparable from civil rights policy.
October 15, 2014 | By Richard Rothstein | BlogI’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.