Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where he is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017).

In your book, The Color of Law, you cite cases and decisions regarding public housing, racial zoning, fear mongering, and many others. You refer to particular individuals in some instances, but your main focus is on law and public policy affecting neighborhoods. What went into your decision to focus on mainly law and public policy vs. an expose of one or a group of individuals?

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