The Crimson Conversations series kicked off on Thursday night, October 8th as parents and faculty members gathered on Zoom to discuss The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, a groundbreaking book about systemic racism in America.
The aim of this quarterly series is to build and extend community and parent engagement with the intellectual conversations happening at the School.
In this history of modern America, Rothstein argues that the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state and federal governments actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. The New York Times calls it “A powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America…One of the great strengths of Rothstein’s account is the sheer weight of evidence he marshals. . . . While the road forward is far from clear, there is no better history of this troubled journey than The Color of Law.”
In their discussion, members of the MBS community spoke about their reaction to the book and how it made them rethink their own experiences.
The Crimson Conversations series is organized by MBS faculty members Andrew Holbrook, Klarissa Karosen and Sharon Phelan. Watch for details about upcoming events in MBS Monday.