Racism in Housing


The Secret Bias Hidden in

Mortgage-Approval Algorithms

The Markup, August 2021

The U.S. Is Increasingly Diverse, So Why Is Segregation Getting Worse?

Time, June 2021

How a young Black family fought John L. Scott and changed Seattle

KUOW, June 2021

Black homeowner had a white

friend stand in for third appraisal.

Her home value doubled.

IndyStar, May 2021

Racist restrictions in old home

deeds across Washington state

will get expanded scrutiny

The Seattle Times, May 2021

Living Through Detroit’s

Perpetual Housing Crisis

The New Republic, March 2021

Your Home’s Value Is

Based on Racism

The New York Times, March 2021

Berkeley may get rid of single-family zoning as a way to correct the arc

of its ugly housing history

Berkeleyside, Feb. 2021

A Neighborhood’s Race Affects

Home Values More Now Than in 1980

Bloomberg City Lab, Sept. 2020

Black Homeowners Face Discrimination in Appraisals

New York Times, Aug. 2020

Homeownership racial gap is larger today than it was over 50 years ago

CNBC, Aug. 2020

The devaluing of black property has led to the devaluing of black lives

Vox, June 2020

Redlining’s Legacy of Inequality: $212,000 Less Home Equity, Low Homeownership Rates For

Black Families

Redfin, June 2020

Redlining 2.0: How Banks

Block Black Homebuyers

The Root, 2018

The devaluation of assets in

black neighborhoods

Brookings, Nov. 2018

Redlining was banned 50 years ago. It’s still hurting minorities today.

Washington Post, 2018

If You Want to Understand

the Economics of Institutional

Racism, Read This

The Root, 2018

Residential Segregation

Associated with Black–White

Disparity in Firearm Homicide Rates

Boston University, 2018

Florida city paints a different

racial portrait of America

Christian Science Monitor, August 2021


Please buy from a black-owned bookstore (click here for a list), your local independent bookstore, or from the Bookshop link provided.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond, 2016

The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth

in the Coastal South

Andrew W Kahrl2016


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein, 2017


Race for Profit: How

Banks & the Real Estate

Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2019


Segregated by Design

17 minutes


A 'Forgotten History' Of How The

U.S. Government Segregated America

Fresh Air, May 2017  (35 min.)

Other Resources

Racial Restrictive Covenants History

University of Washington

Seattle Civil Rights & History Project

Restrictive Covenants Database

University of Washington

Seattle Civil Rights & History Project

Twenty-First Century Racial Residential Segregation

in the United States

Othering & Belonging Institute