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Codifying Prejudice

Posted on Sep 14, 2020 in:
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Congress of Racial Equality demonstration for open housing outside Picture Floor Plans, courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 63932

Historically, our industry has participated in and helped to perpetuate racist housing policies that have harmed generations of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Those impacts—and some of the policies themselves—still linger today.

Our association strives to ensure all people can attain housing. To achieve that goal and right these wrongs, we must condemn racism and discrimination in all its forms and face our troubling past.

In that spirit, we encourage you to read Codifying Prejudice: A Local History of Racist Housing Policy, featured in our Fall 2020 issue of Master Builder magazine, and the accompanying Twitter thread. We also invite you to explore the following sources and additional resources below.

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Seattle’s Founding & Anti-Duwamish Discrimination

Early Anti-Chinese Discrimination

Japanese Internment, Federally & Locally

The Birth of Single-Family Zoning

Social Enforcement, Covenants & the Legacy of J.L. Grandey

Redlining, Mortgages & the FHA

Seattle’s Open Housing Campaign

Lingering Impacts


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