- Created: Monday, 15 October 2018 11:24
- Written by Carolyn Szczepanski
The landscape of housing isn’t happenstance. It’s the product of racist policies and white supremacy. As articulated by local historians and community leaders, the nation-leading inequities in homeownership in the Twin Cities are the product of intentional harms — that require targeted reparations and policy solutions to directly address a legacy of racial exclusion that lives with us all today.
Part of the “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed” event series, the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) hosted a discussion centered on new research revealing what communities of color have known for decades — that structural barriers and legalized discrimination barred many people of color from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century.
Grounded in a presentation from the Mapping Prejudice project and facilitated by Neeraj Mehta of the McKnight Foundation, the conversation featured insight from community members and Owen Duckworth, Director of Organizing and Policy at The Alliance; Mahmoud El-Kati, writer, lecturer, and commentator; Jeremiah Ellison, Minneapolis City Council member for Ward 5; and Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, UROC’s Director of Community Outreach.