National Association of Realtors Apologizes for Organization’s Past Discrimination Against Black Homebuyers

In the 1930s, it was not uncommon for real estate agents to use language describing areas as “negro-blighted” and filled with an “infiltration of undesirable racial elements” to dissuade white homebuyers from purchasing in specific communities.

This language, spearheaded by the National Association of Real Estate Boards, led to the development of redlining maps and discriminatory practices within the real estate industry that contributed to de facto segregation throughout the United States, decreasing the home value in Black communities and contributing to inequitable community resources.

Today, the leadership of the National Association of Realtors, the largest trade group representing real estate agents, has issued a formal apology to Black Americans and other non-whites who have experienced housing discrimination in the United States. (NAR is the successor of the National Association of Real Estate Boards.)

This apology comes despite internal conflicts within the organization, which is 78 percent white, and previously supported Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign as late as 2019.

Yet as the socio-political climate in the United States is experiencing change, leadership within the organization sees the importance of confronting past discrimination and current inequities head-on.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Black Star

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