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Still a House DividedRace and Politics in Obama's America$
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Desmond S. King and Rogers M. Smith

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142630

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142630.001.0001

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To “affirmatively further fair housing”

To “affirmatively further fair housing”

Enduring Racial Inequalities in American Homes and Mortgages

(p.137) Chapter 5 To “affirmatively further fair housing”
Still a House Divided

Desmond S. King

Rogers M. Smith

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers what makes racial equality in the American housing system such a divisive issue. Because housing choices profoundly affect people's personal lives and yet also have enormous public consequences for the structure of the nation as a whole, there arose concerns to make sure that America's housing systems are not systems of racial inequality. But the fact that housing is so central to Americans' personal lives is also a major reason why they have long been more resistant to efforts to end de facto segregation in this area than in any other, except the related one of public schools. Here they remain profoundly divided even on the desirability of strong enforcement of anti-discrimination policies aimed at making residential racial integration not only an attractive ideal but an everyday reality.

Keywords:   housing, American homes, housing choices, American housing system, residential racial integration, racial housing segregation, fair housing, racial equality

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