Microblog #50: Celebrating the Fair Housing Act

50 Microblogs and 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

In honor of this 50th Microblog, we’re celebrating 50 years of the Fair Housing Act, which was signed into law in 1968. The Act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, disability, religion, and familial status, and was the culmination of years of advocacy by civil rights groups.

Over these 50 years, the Fair Housing Act has opened countless opportunities for better housing to millions of Americans who would have previously been denied access. But that doesn’t mean all of our past wrongs have been righted.

As Richard Rothstein explains in his groundbreaking book The Color of Law, our past segregationist policies have deep roots. Explicit discrimination may be outlawed, but indirect segregation via disinvestment and exclusionary land use policies remain common themes in our country today.

Read more about the FHA and challenges to fair housing that remain prevalent in 2018 at the National Fair Housing Alliance website.

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