Richard Rothstein Awarded 2018 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein “Explodes the Myth” that America’s Cities Became Racially Divided Through ‘De Facto’ Segregation

Author Richard Rothstein has been awarded the 2018 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists who pursue investigative reporting and deep storytelling in service of the common good. Recipients exemplify reportorial excellence, storytelling skill, and social justice impact.

“A leading authority on housing policy, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through ‘de facto’ segregation – individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law brings to light incontrovertible evidence that it was the laws and policies passed by local, state, and federal governments that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day.”

On Wednesday, May 16, 2018, Monarch Housing Associates in partnership with Seton Hall University Law School, the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, and NJ Institute for Social Justice will host a Public Policy Forum on The Color of Law and its impact on civil rights in NJ. Thank you to Investors Bank Foundation and New Jersey Office of the Attorney General’s Division on Civil Rights for their generous support of this important Public Policy Forum.

The Public Policy Forum keynote speaker and author Richard Rothstein will present the national research in his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America, and take questions from the audience.

There is no cost to reserve your spot at the Public Policy Forum but donations to offset the cost of the event are appreciated. Only 50 seats are still available for this important event.


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In The Color of Law, “Through extensive research and extraordinary revelations, Rothstein chronicles an untold story that begins in the 1920s, showing how this process of ‘de jure’ segregation began with explicit racial zoning, as millions of African Americans moved in the great historical migration from the south to the north. During the post–World War II years, when urban areas rapidly deteriorated and the great American suburbanization was spurred on by federal subsidies, builders developed neighborhoods like Long Island’s Levittown on the condition that no homes be sold to African Americans. These standards, Rothstein shows, were then brutally upheld by police and prosecutors who supported violent resistance to black families moving into white neighborhoods.”

Richard Rothstein is a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, and a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In addition to his recent book, The Color of Law, he is the author of other articles and books on race and education, which can be found on his page at the Economic Policy Institute.

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

Richard Rothstein

Sindney Hillman Foundation

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