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Housing Forum: History of Systemic Racism and Segregation in Housing Policy

For many, the events of 2020 have spurred a long-needed national awakening on issues of inequity, injustice, and systemic racism.  One needs to look no further than the history of American housing policy to witness the terrible impacts of systemic racism.

How did decades of misbegotten policy, attitudes, and actions create concentrated poverty, cripple transportation policy, and diminish public infrastructure? How do actions taken during Reconstruction and the era of Jim Crow continue to shape our city and region today?

How did these policies impact economic opportunity for communities of color? At the core of the wealth gap between Black and White households is wealth created through homeownership and passed on to the next generation. Black families were denied equal access to these homeownership opportunities decade after decade – resulting in a homeownership gap of 30% and only 10% of the average wealth compared to White families.

Wednesday’s Atlanta Regional Housing Forum will feature an overview of discriminatory housing policy through the years, as told by the Segregated by Design video, based on Richard Rothstein’s book, The Color of Law. 

Following the video presentation, special guest presenter DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond will share how national policies highlighted in the video impacted the Atlanta region. And Mike Alexander with Atlanta Regional Commission will share a presentation on how segregated the region is today compared to days of redlining. 

Housing Forum founder and moderator Bill Bolling and guests will dive deep into the history of housing policy while also examining the current environment in metro Atlanta.

Make plans now to join us for the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, a virtual event to be held on Wednesday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter (via Periscope). Details and registration at www.AtlantaRegionalHousingForum.org/dec2020.

 

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