SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Invention of America's Most Dangerous Idea
by Gene Slater
How did a right-wing conception of "freedom" rooted in the individual's absolute property rights supersede an idea of freedom based in social equality? Blame the real estate industry.
SOURCE: Last Week Tonight
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Ties the History of Housing Discrimination to Reparations
John Oliver breaks down the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it’s done, and, crucially, what we can do about it.
Redlining, Race, and the Color of Money
by Garrett Dash Nelson
"Redlining maps reveal how the federal government managed risk for capital—a role that has perpetuated inequality long after the end of explicit discrimination in the housing market."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
The Housing Market is Booming but Remains Deeply Unequal
by LaDale Winling
The standards and practices of real estate appraisal were developed in the context of white supremacy in the 1920s and since then have worked to make home ownership a path toward building wealth that has favored white Americans.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
How 24 Hours of Racist Violence Caused Decades of Harm
by Jeremy Cook and Jason Long
Census analysis shows how the Tulsa race massacre inaugurated a U-turn in the economic fortunes of the city's black community and gives a sense of the value of property lost.
SOURCE: New York Times
Your Home’s Value Is Based on Racism
by Dorothy A. Brown
The real estate market isn't "free" – it is shaped by the preferences of white buyers who prefer much less racial integration than black buyers do. Consequently, the market is a machine for expanding racial inequality through home equity.
SOURCE: Bloomberg Equality
My Family’s Long-Gone Texas Land Shows How Black Wealth Is Won and Lost
by Jacqueline Simmons
A host of the Pay Check podcast introduces a new season that will examine her family's history of landholding in Texas as a lens on the historical roots of the black-white wealth gap.
The Mirage of the Black Middle Class
by Anne Helen Petersen
Economic policy debates center on restoring the security of the middle class, but this overlooks that high-earning Black Americans have and still face structural impediments to building wealth through homeownership.
SOURCE: Bloomberg CityLab
A Neighborhood’s Race Affects Home Values More Now Than in 1980
by Brentin Mock
The real estate industry has adopted appraisal standards in response to fair housing laws that are, on the surface, race-neutral. But they don't account for the ways that racism has lowered the sale value in diverse neighborhoods, and still penalize Black and Latino homeowners.
SOURCE: The Nation
The Burning House: How Federal Housing Programs Failed Black America (Review)
by Marcia Chatelain
"As Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor shows in Race for Profit, we are also only beginning to reckon with the complex network of bankers, real estate agents, and federal agencies that used the rhetoric of equality to obscure a set of race-to-the-bottom schemes that sought to extract as much wealth as possible from poor Black Americans."
The Great White Heist (The Other Reason For Reparations)
Slavery is the usual argument for reparations. But there’s another rationale.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The Surprising Cross-Racial Saga of Modern Wealth Inequality
by Adolph Reed Jr.
A political scientist argues that the black-white wealth gap is mostly a product of four decades of income gains accruing to the highest earners; accordingly a broad economic justice program is the best way to close the wealth gap.
Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Case for Reparations
The creator of The New York Times 1619 project and Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones speaks with CNN's Manu Raju about the history behind the wealth gap between white Americans and Black Americans
Tackling The Racial Wealth Gap: William Darity's Plan For Reparations (Audio)
WBUR's On Point discusses the issue of reparations to African Americans with economics and public policy professor William Darity and also discusses the legacy of the Rosewood Massacre with the grandson of the oldest survivor of the Florida episode of racist terrorism.
How the Gilded Age's Top 1 Percent Thrived on Corruption
Railroads Were at the Forefront of Political Corruption
The Widening Gap Between the Super-Rich and Other Americans
by Lawrence Wittner
Although President Donald Trump has claimed that “inequality is down,” federal data released this year show that, in 2018, the nation’s income inequality reached the highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began measuring it five decades before.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Why the racial wealth gap persists, more than 150 years after emancipation
by Calvin Schermerhorn
When one system of economic oppression collapsed, new ones were created to fill the void.
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