From Exclusion to Inclusion: U.S. Housing after Federal Redlining

Friday, April 3, 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: African American; Politics; Urban and Suburban


A central premise of postwar liberalism was that the root of disparities distinguishing the lives of African Americans from white people was the systematic exclusion of black people from the democratic institutions of American society. In the realm of housing, the end of exclusion meant that the federal government ended its decades-long policy of redlining and locking out prospective black homeowners from the multiple federal programs designed to expand homeownership. But inclusion into conventional real estate practices did not end rampant racial discrimination in the rental or ownership markets. This session examines the ways that ingrained patterns of racial discrimination within the real estate and banking industries and within the Department of Housing and Urban Development continued to perpetuate patterns racial discrimination even after laws banned the practice.

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Beryl E. Satter, Rutgers University–Newark

Panelist: Rebecca K. Marchiel, University of Mississippi

Panelist: Rosemary Ndubuizu, Georgetown University

Panelist: Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard University

Panelist: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University