Housing segregation isn’t just a shameful part of our past borne out of tribal animus, it is also a result of carefully crafted legislation. This was the central theme of Richard Rothstein’s speech at the 2018 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing on October 3, 2018. Rothstein is author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America and was the featured speaker of the night. This event was presented by the Homeless Persons Representation Project, with the support of the The Baltimore Bar Foundation.
During his presentation, Rothstein walked listeners through many of the subtle and not-so-subtle ways federal housing policy mandated segregation after WWII. His speech was followed by a panel discussion on modern-day segregation and housing issues. The panel consisted of community advocates from around Baltimore. You can listen to both discussions below, or watch them on our YouTube channel.