How Affordable Housing Might Add Substance To Talk of Segregation Reparations

Black prisoners in a camp in Eastern Europe
Black prisoners in Eastern Europe photo by unknown this photo is in the public doman
WWII black prisoners in Eastern Europe. All returning black U.S servicemen were sold out, along with every other black citizen in America, by a segregationist Veteran's Administration.

Democratic candidates for the U.S. federal elections in 2020 have broached the subject of reparations for the continued mistreatment of black Americans that followed emancipation. So far, while there has been some support for the idea that the nation should make reparations, there has been little in the way of concrete substance as to the form that they might take.1

An article featuring a recent housing forum in Davis, California explains how the U.S. Veterans Administration, through segregationist policies that existed post World War II, poisoned federal loan policies for black applicants.

The result: an expanded suburban nation that realized the American Dream for whites, but not blacks. They were denied not only home ownership, but also the opportunity of investment wealth that home ownership historically has created.

The opening speaker at the Davis Housing forum was Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.” Rothstein provided a historical perspective on housing segregation since WWII. More, he also proposed a practical affordable housing reparation that a city like Davis could undertake to help black citizens overcome the federal government’s devastating postwar discrimination.

Read more in the Davis Enterprise: The Housing Dilemma: Segregation, High Costs And Low Vacancies

Footnotes

  1. Read more in this Vox article:The 2020 Democratic Primary Debate Over Reparations, Explained