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Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality: The Color of Law: A Forgotton History of How Our Government Segregated America

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
5:00 pm7:00 pm

Join us for the Constance Baker Motley Speaker Series on Racial Inequality year one summative event. Racial segregation characterizes every metropolitan area in the US and bears responsibility for our most serious social and economic problems. We’ve taken no serious steps to desegregate neighborhoods, however, because we are hobbled by a national myth that residential segregation is de facto—the result of private discrimination or personal choices that do not violate constitutional rights. The Color of Law demonstrates, however, that residential segregation was created by racially explicit and unconstitutional government policy in the mid-twentieth century that openly subsidized whites-only suburbanization in which African Americans were prohibited from participating. Only after learning the history of this policy can we be prepared to undertake the national conversation necessary to remedy our unconstitutional racial landscape.

Chief Justice Richard A. Robinson will facilitate a question and answer segment with Rothstein. A panel discussion, featuring Connecticut leaders in police accountability, housing desegregation, and political access, will follow to highlight what has been done in the past year and how we will continue to address racial inequality in Connecticut in honor of the legacy of Hon. Constance Baker Motley.

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