People over property – that may seem like a bold statement from a real estate company, but it shouldn’t be. It’s something I didn’t think I’d be writing about this year but 2020 has brought on a lot of things we hadn’t planned on. Human rights, looting, and property damage are topics that have been in the news a lot this past summer after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and months of protests, riots, and destruction.
It is also a topic that is as old as 400 years of racism and violence towards Black and Brown people.
New or old, this is the year we find ourselves in situations we never planned…
What makes the work we do at Alvarado Real Estate Group different? In acknowledging that racism exists in our country and in the real estate industry we step out of denial and silence. We are committed to exploring and challenging the way racism is embedded within the real estate industry as a whole. We practice this work in a way that is rooted in justice, transparency, and accountability to those most marginalized.
The Black Lives Matter movement is forcing many White people to open our eyes to inequalities we have long ignored. One such issue is neighborhood segregation and unequal access to homeownership.
Since the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968, the gap between Black and White homeownership rates has widened —growing from 27 percentage points in 1960 to 30 points in 2017—and the Black homeownership rate has actually stayed almost exactly the same.
After many years of silence, White communities are beginning to talk about the ways segregation shuts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color out of opportunities to gain wealth, attend well-funded schools, and be safe in their homes.
Many White people are asking, “What can I do?”
Before we can take any action to desegregate our neighborhoods, we need to understand three unsettling truths about neighborhood segregation.
Truth 1: The segregation of our neighborhoods was deliberate, legal, and rooted in racist lies…
So you’re ready to learn more about racism in America’s real estate industry.
Maybe you attended a Black Lives Matter event. Maybe you’ve started to notice that the neighborhoods in your city are starkly segregated, and that Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and families of color seem to have a hard time building generational…