The Making of Ferguson: Public Policy at the Root of Problems

Aug 31, 2015

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has ignited a nationwide conversation about racial polarization and civil unrest when it comes to relationships with minorities and the police. 

During this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Richard Rothstein, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and the author of The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of Its Troubles. Rothstein says the racial tension is due in part to housing policies and government programs that created an “invisible fence” to segregate metropolitan communities around the country.