fair housing Archive

The Invention and Evolution of a Space and Place Called the Ghetto

“Ghetto.” The word evokes a long and vexing tradition of racial imagery and history in the United States. We may think we know what the word means, but where does it come from? Why does it carry such socio-cultural...
July 12, 2018

Learning to Hear the Dog Whistle

Dog whistles are intended to be silent for everyone except for a select few listeners. But in his best-selling book, Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2014),...

A Deeper Understanding of the Scourge of Racial Inequality

The pace of historic change can be at once laborious and swift. The passage of the U.S. Fair Housing Act in 1968 is a case in point. As a response to generations of discriminatory practices condoned by government, business,...
May 30, 2018

What It’s Like to be Evicted

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be evicted, perhaps because the impacts of evictions are so wide-ranging. Household items are put on the curb and lost if the evictee can’t afford a storage unit. Having an eviction...

Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality

No matter how passive it may seem, reading is an activity. It can be an acknowledgement, a political act, an act of remembrance—and at its best, it’s often all three wrapped into one. April 11, 2018 will mark 50...
March 26, 2018

No Sunset on Housing History

Edina, Minn. is one of the few suburbs I could see myself living in. It has decent public transportation, boutique storefronts, independent restaurants—and for an extra dose of kitsch—the first indoor shopping mall in America. It’s one of those...
February 23, 2018

Uncovering the Government’s Role in the History of U.S. Segregation

In The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein details how the U.S. government introduced and reinforced the patterns of racial segregation we see across the United States today. Hathaway Hester...
January 24, 2018

4 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fair Housing Act

Usually I try to point Book Scan readers to the written word, but occasionally I find a piece of audio worth recommending. Last time I pointed you toward a wonderful novel about a real estate agent, but this time...
December 4, 2013