Activism & Education
Scotty's personally curated list of books, videos, authors and activists to help shed light on systemic racism in real estate.
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In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.
Chris Hayes speaks with scholar, activist and author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about housing discrimination and her new book, “Race for Profit.”
You’ve likely heard of redlining — the practice of systematizing discrimination based on where you live. You’ve probably even heard us talk about the ways its legacy continues to impact the upward mobility of communities of color. But do you know what happened next? In the wake of urban uprisings in the late 1960s, politicians pushed to end redlining, to lift people up out of poverty and improve their lives by making homeownership attainable.
Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals
Aug 27, 2020 — The Hortons live just minutes from the Ortega River, in a predominantly white neighborhood of 1950s homes that tend to sell for $350,000 to $550,000. They had expected their home to appraise for around $450,000, but the appraiser felt differently, assigning a value of $330,000. Ms. Horton, who is Black, immediately suspected discrimination.
November 17th, 2019—25 Undercover testers trained. 93 Real Estate agents tested. 240 hours of meetings secretly recorded. 5,763 house listings analyzed.
A three-year Newsday investigation uncovered the widespread evidence of unequal treatment by Real Estate agents on Long Island.
19% of the time against Asians. 39% of the time against Hispanics. 49% of the time against Blacks.
It took many federal acts to finally provide legal protection against discrimination. To pass the real estate exam, you must know what these acts are and who they protect. As a real estate agent, you must understand the federal fair housing laws and apply them in real-life practice.