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October Wednesday

Redlining and its Repercussions


Presented as a part of the series 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History.

“Only if we can develop a broadly shared understanding of our common history will it be practical to consider steps we could take to fulfill our obligations.” – Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law

Redlining—the systematically racist banking practice of denying loans to people of color in post-WWII urban neighborhoods—is often portrayed as a closed chapter in the nation’s history of structural inequality. Yet intense discrimination persists as non-white communities face continuous exclusion from the “American Dream” of homeownership, or are targeted by predatory lending practices, further widening the racial wealth gap. Join UC Berkeley’s Richard Rothstein, as he reveals the findings of his recent book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, April de Simone, co-creator of the Undesign the Redline project, Sarita Daftary-Steel, founder of the East New York Oral History Project, and Catherine Green, Founder and Executive Director of ARTs East NY and Founding Steering Committee Member of the Coalition for Community Advancement, in a conversation moderated by Kai Wright, host of WNYC podcasts There Goes the Neighborhood, Indivisible, and The Stakes.

This program is presented as part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History initiative, an immersive series of reflection, analysis, and discussion acknowledging our nation’s unresolved history of slavery.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

7:00 pm


  • General Admission $15
  • Member Admission $10
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  • Oct 16 Sarita Daftary Steele

    Sarita Daftary-Steel

    Sarita Daftary-Steel developed the East New York Oral History Project, to interview people who lived in East New York in the 1960s. An East New York resident as of 2017, she worked at United Community Centers’ food justice and community organizing project, East New York Farms!, for ten years.

  • Oct 16. Catherine Green

    Catherine Green

    Catherine Green is the Founder and Executive Director of ARTs East New York Inc., a non-profit community arts organization. Its mission is to use the transformative power of the arts as a tool for social and economic change for the East New York, Brooklyn community.

  • Oct 16 Richard Rothstein

    Richard Rothstein

    Richard Rothstein is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America. He is a Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley), a Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, and a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

  • Oct 16 April de Simone

    April de Simone

    April de Simone is a design practitioner/ strategist and co-founder of designing the WE which created and launched the nationally recognized Undesign the Redline (UTR) platform. UTR is an interactive exhibit, workshop series and curriculum that explores the history of structural racism and classism from 1938 Redlining maps until today.

  • Oct 16 Kai Wright

    Kai Wright

    Kai Wright is host and managing editor of WNYC’s The Stakes, a podcast about social change. He also hosted the podcasts The United States of Anxiety, Caught, and There Goes the Neigh­borhood which looked at gentrification and race. He is a columnist for The Nation and former editorial director of Colorlines.

Thanks to our funders

This series is made possible through the generous support of Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin, Sylvia and Byron Lewis, Margaret Seiler and Hovey Brock, Alexandra Bowie and Daniel Richman, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and donors to BHS’s Race and History Fund.


Thanks to our programming partners

BHS is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Coming to the Table, Facing History and Ourselves, the New School’s 400 Years of Inequality initiative, the Social Science Research Council, and the Vera Institute of Justice.