by Michael McClelland
A rising senior at Davidson College majoring in History, Michael interned with Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte over the summer through Davidson Nonprofit Leadership Fellows program.
For decades, African Americans have experienced housing discrimination by real estate agents, banks, and the government policies regarding where they have the right to live. This post discusses the ways in which the US government along with other aspects of housing (real estate and the banking industry) have segregated American neighborhoods with a focus on Charlotte, North Carolina. Richard Rothstein's 2017 book The Color of Law is an excellent introduction to this topic and provides much of the information referenced below.