Segregated By Design
 
 

EDUCATION THAT LEADS TO LEGISLATION

‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.  

Prejudice can be birthed from a lack of understanding the historically accurate details of the past. Without being aware of the unconstitutional residential policies the United States government enacted during the middle of the twentieth century, one might have a negative view today of neighborhoods where African Americans live or even of African Americans themselves.

We can compensate for this unlawful segregation through a national political consensus that leads to legislation. And this will only happen if the majority of Americans understand how we got here. Like Jay-Z said in a recent New York Times interview, “you can't have a solution until you start dealing with the problem: What you reveal, you heal.” This is the major challenge at hand: to educate fellow citizens of the unconstitutional inequality that we’ve woven and, on behalf of our government, accept responsibility to fix it.

 
 
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‘segregated by design’ Trailer

‘segregated by design’ TEASER

 

 
 
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‘Segregated by Design’ is engaging, informative, and compelling. To engage holistically in the racial divisions in our cities, we need to understand it. This work gives critical tools and information for understanding many of the policies that paved the way for the segregation we experience today.
— Dhati Lewis

SCREENINGS

 
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“And if it’s unconstitutional, then we have an obligation to remedy it.”

RICHARD ROTHSTEIN

 
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Ways to get involved:

share the film

Share the film on social media or just with a neighbor! Here’s the links to the film’s twitter, facebook and instagram.

Host a screening

You can host a screening in your neighborhood and have a discussion around the topic of residential segregation.

 

ask schools to teach the forgotten history

Our children need to know the real history behind residential segregation. It isn’t being taught through textbooks. Ask any teachers, professors, principals or city council members you know to include ‘Segregated By Design’ in the classroom.

donate

Show your support of the film by donating! Creating the film took a lot of volunteered hard work and can be viewed for free so that the most people possible will be able to learn about this history. Thank you!

 
 
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THE CREW

 
 
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Mark lopez

director, designer & animator

Mark Lopez is an award-winning director of motion design who has refined his craft at world-class motion studios on both coasts of the U.S. alongside some of the most creative minds in the country. Mark specializes in illustrated 2D mixed media storytelling with an eye for composition. Silkworm is Mark’s studio practice, based in Austin, Texas, and collaborating all over the world.

 
 
 
 

RICHARD ROTHSTEIN

WRITER & NARRATOR

Richard Rothstein is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute, a senior fellow, emeritus, at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a senior fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley). Richard’s book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, was designated one of ten finalists on the National Book Awards’ long list for the best nonfiction book of 2017.

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YOUTOOCANWOO

MUSIC, SOUND DESIGN & MIX

YouTooCanWoo is a an artist-owned music and audio production company based in Brooklyn, New York. YouTooCanWoo’s holistic approach to audio blurs the lines between the conventional roles of music and sound design, blending genres, influences, and historical context to create truly immersive experiences. They have been responsible for the production and mixing of MGMT's debut EP Time to Pretend, creating the sound identity of Spotify, MTV, and NBCUniversal; the sound design for official SXSW Film Festival selection Mateo. as well as the original music, sound design and mix in ads for major brands like Apple, Google, Hershey's, and Pepsi.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

READ THE BOOK

You can check out the book that the film is based on, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, at your local library or order the book on Amazon.comBarnes & Noble, or from IndieBound.org, including your local bookseller.

 
 
 

 
 

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