Monthly Readings & Resources from Goosefoot’s Anti-Racism Task Force: Housing

August 1, 2023

Housing discrimination in the United States has a deep and debilitating history, with racist policies and programs sanctioned for decades by federal entities such as the Federal Housing Administration. Government mandated housing segregation policies were rampant at local and state levels as well, both in the north and the south.

NPR’s Terry Gross interviews Richard Rothstein, author of “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.”

Here, John Oliver brings his frank and biting wit and wisdom to housing discrimination in America.

NPR on “Black Americans and the Racist Architecture of Homeownership

A look at redlining maps throughout the county are available on this interactive map: “Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

And lastly, bringing it closer to home, KUOW’s “How a young Black family fought John L. Scott and changed Seattle”

Goosefoot’s Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF) was formed in December 2020 to deepen our understanding of systemic racial injustice, our participation in it—both individually and collectively—and what steps we can take to contribute to a more just and equitable society. This commitment is core to our mission to create and sustain a thriving local community. 

Since that time, ARTF has been meeting monthly to discuss ways Goosefoot can work to become a more anti-racist organization on every level. As part of this commitment, ARTF also suggests topics and provides references to both historic and current topics for discussion during the last segment of Goosefoot’s monthly Board meetings.