That enormous disparity … is entirely attributable to unconstitutional federal housing policy practiced in the mid-20th century that has never been remedied.Author on race, education and policy
Homeownership remains a primary way for Americans to build wealth. However, according to the Center for American Progress, “For centuries, structural racism in the U.S. housing system has contributed to stark and persistent racial disparities in wealth and financial well-being, especially between Black and white households.” Intentional practices like redlining and exclusion from federal housing programs ensure that regions across our country, including metro Detroit, continue to be residentially segregated. In fact, since 1990, Detroit has held the title of most segregated metropolitan area. Housing segregation has a domino effect, impacting not only where someone lives, but also where they work and go to school, their health and financial well-being.
Watch this short video to learn about the history of “Housing Segregation and Redlining in America.” (7 minutes)
Watch this video from WDIV Channel 4 to learn how housing discrimination in Detroit is an example of systemic racism. (3 minutes)
Segregation expert Richard Rothstein debunks the American myth that white and Black people live separately by choice and discusses how U.S. law and policy has perpetuated segregation. (9 minutes)
Listen to this interview with Stephen Henderson of “Detroit Today” to learn why the Detroit area remains segregated even as diversity grows. (17 minutes)
Review the list of policy recommendations from the Michigan League for Public Policy or the National Low Income Housing Coalition and contact your legislators.