How a fight for housing segregation looks a lot like ‘freedom’ protests today – Orange County Register

 How a fight for housing segregation looks a lot like ‘freedom’ protests today – Orange County Register

It’s been more than 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law, yet many Americans still live in racially segregated neighborhoods.

How come?

 

In “Freedom to Discriminate,” author Gene Slater documents how the real estate industry systematically created housing segregation and defended all-white neighborhoods against the civil rights movement. (Courtesy of Gene Slater)

Understanding why requires going back to the real estate industry of the early 1900s and following it forward as detailed in the book “Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America” by Gene Slater. That “freedom” argument is not unlike the language heard in the pandemic and issues of abortion and guns, he said.

The Bay Area-based author of the book has served as a senior adviser on housing for federal, state and local agencies for more than 40 years. In his book, Slater has…

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