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Housing America part 3: Housing and race

from By Lucy Wallwork

No discussion of the state of housing in the U.S. can be discussed without addressing the constant thread of race that has been woven through the debate from day one. Housing is only one component in the persistent racial divide in the U.S., but because shelter and wealth have become so intrinsically linked, housing is an area that has an outsized impact on inequalities. Explicit segregation laws have not determined the legal basis for housing allocation for more than 70 years. Today, you are breaking the law if you display explicit racial prejudice in the housing sector. But one look at America’s public housing estates will reveal a starkly divided country. Indeed, the housing divide in over 20 metropolitan areas today is so stark that they have been qualified as "hyper-segregated." more

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