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The History of Racist Housing Policies

During Black History Month, it is important to highlight not only the great achievements of Black Americans, but to also shine a light on the historical injustices that have held Black people back in this country and are still affecting them today.  

The compounded history of redlining, disinvestment, single-family zoning, and other forms of discrimination have created the current system of institutional racism which disproportionately impacts communities of color in the United States. 

The below list is just a small selection for further reading:

America’s racist housing rules really can be fixed

The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood

Black Californians’ housing crisis, by the numbers

Redlining Maps California, 1936-1939


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