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According to the Washington Post, there is a legacy of systemic racism that our government created and in many ways still isn’t doing enough to eradicate.


  1. Based on the article, how would you briefly explain redlining?
  2. By what percentage are equivalent Black homes in neighborhoods similar to white neighborhoods undervalued?
  3. What is the key to net worth of most Americans?
  4. What persistent myth about Black homeownership did the author emphasize?
  5. Prior to reading this article, were you aware of the mapping system established in the 1930s, regarding mortgage loans?


Singletary, M. (2020) Being Black lowers the value of my home: The legacy of redlining. The Washington Post, Oct. 26 (Retrievable online at