Interview with the California Association of Realtor’s Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Farrah Wilder
In this video segment, you will find:
Fontana Realtor Vickie Lobo has been named one of five 2020 Good Neighbor Award winners by the National Association of Realtors. Lobo was honored nationally because she founded Knock Knock Angels, which furnishes apartments and homes for people in search of a second chance after experiencing life-altering challenges like addiction, domestic violence or homelessness. NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards honor ONLY 10 Realtors annually for making an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work.
Also joining Ms. Wilder will be IVAR brokers Kama Burton, IVAR Treasurer and Chairperson for the Fair Housing and Diversity Committee, and Doug Shepherd, who currently sits on the board of directors with the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County and the Southern California Civil Rights Institute.
During the interview with Farrah Wilder, the following topic was discussed. To help provide context to this conversation, the following information is provided:
In one of the most concentrated investigations of discrimination by real estate agents in the half century since enactment of America’s landmark fair housing law, Newsday found evidence of widespread separate and unequal treatment of minority potential home buyers and minority communities on Long Island.
The three-year probe strongly indicates that house hunting in one of the nation’s most segregated suburbs poses substantial risks of discrimination, with black buyers chancing disadvantages almost half the time they enlist brokers.
Additionally, the investigation reveals that Long Island’s dominant residential brokering firms help solidify racial separations. They frequently directed white customers toward areas with the highest white representations and minority buyers to more integrated neighborhoods.
The Color of Law: In The Color of Law (2017), Richard Rothstein takes what once was a familiar narrative of racial segregation in America and turns it decisively on its head. With bountiful evidence and rigorous detail, Rothstein rejects the prevailing view, upheld to this day by the Supreme Court, that individual decisions create a natural geography of “de facto” racial segregation in our cities, and argues instead that our government at all levels abetted and sponsored what is in fact “de jure” segregation. This is the heart of The Color of Law. According to Rothstein, the government has systematically violated the rights it created in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Bill of Rights for black Americans, and his book is essentially a treatise that methodically uncovers this narrative of history.
Each chapter of the book presents a careful yet forceful analysis of historical data, records, and events that uncover this “de jure” segregation across all facets of our cities. Rothstein demonstrates how public housing, zoning, insurance policies, taxation, labor unions, and police forces all developed and executed racially targeted policies and practices that created wide-spread discrimination and inequality at the hands of the government.