San Bernardino County Museum Dome Talk to Feature Leading Housing Policy Authority

By on February 26, 2019

Richard Rothstein, a former New York Times columnist and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, Feb. 28 Dome Talk at the San Bernardino County (SBC) Museum. The book examines the common misperception that divisions in communities were primarily the result of individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies.

“The topic of segregation, and how we got there, is a significant historical topic for our region, and a timely one as policies around housing continue to evolve today,” remarked Museum Director Melissa Russo. “By hosting a speaker like Richard Rothstein, the museum can play a unique role in helping to interpret and define this history and how it applies to the Inland Empire, in order to engender conversations and policies that help shape future decisions.”

During the 1920s millions of African Americans moved in a great historical migration from the south to the north. The Color of Law investigates and exposes the laws and policy decisions — some now forgotten or rescinded — passed by local, state, and federal governments that actually promoted discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. The Color of Law expands upon and provides a national perspective on his recent work that documents the history of state-sponsored residential segregation, as in his report, “The Making of Ferguson.”

Rothstein is now a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he is a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Houston, Texas and at the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.

Dome Talks evenings open at 6:30 p.m. for a light reception sponsored by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Rothstein’s talk starts at 7 p.m. and will include sales of his book and signing. Rothstein’s presentation is the second of the six 2019 Dome Talks at the SBC Museum.

Tickets for the February 28 evening are $25 ($18 museum members), subject to availability as the Dome Talks theater has limited seating. Tickets can be purchased online at or can be purchased at the museum’s Guest Services Desk.

The San Bernardino County Museum is located at 2024 Orange Tree Lane in Redlands. Parking for Dome Talks is free and the museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Dome Talks or other museum activities and exhibits, go to: