A highlight from One Community Activist & Four REALTORS Discuss Racism


This episode is part two in a series about racism in real estate in episode. One away the first black president of the san francisco association of realtors. don saunders. Joined me to tell the story of prop fourteen a ballot initiative writing real estate discrimination into the state constitution that the california association of realtors wrote paid and promoted until it was voted into law in nineteen sixty four the california association of realtors. It exists today and twenty. Twenty one has been amazingly helpful and cooperative in helping me create these episodes by making current leadership available to to stop to discuss historic acts of racism in california real estate. The twenty twenty one president of the california association of realtors is david walsh from the silicon valley area. The safe thing to say is almost always nothing. So i'm profoundly thankful to david walsh and all of the leadership at the california association of realtors for what you're about to hear from david walls. I let me say thank you for the invitation to speak on the escrow out loud podcast. This is incredibly important. Subject that you're discussing it's great realtors like yourself and dawn. Sanders are taking the time to engage the tough discussions given that we know the people of color experience crushing discrimination that was sanctioned by all levels of government in our country and specifically by many realtor association's as realtors we have unique responsibility to address continuing fair housing issues because there were terrible history of promoting discriminatory housing policy and a discriminating against certain groups particularly african americans. I want to say unequivocally cr. Past policies in support of racist practices including steering redlining in creating covenants prohibit non white people from living in certain communities. Were wrong only must see a are in real talk about this history. Continue disparities incurring discrimination bias. But most importantly we must take the lead and taking action to address any barriers and disparities that remain because of this past as leaders in this industry. We play a powerful role in california housing policy. And getting these policy questions. Right is critical to the health and educational outcomes of all california communities as the state's largest trade association. Cma are must continues as powerful voice to properly address discrimination. Its legacy in the resulting homeownership and wealth disparities that we helped create. We must make sure that our future leaders reflects california's diversity and that we are as educated as possible on fair housing and related discrimination issues as such we are committed to being an instrumental part of the solution that encourages all types of diversity and fights to build more inclusive communities. We can't change the actions of the past but we can act now on how to address the legacy of those actions. Thank you matt for giving me this opportunity to speak to your listeners. Thank you dave wall. Twenty twenty one president of the california association of realtors. That was a powerful statement. I met fuller the broker of record at jackson fuller real estate in my last podcast retired real estate broker don sanders. Help us understand the fairhousing battle between the nineteen sixty three rumford fair housing act and nineteen sixty four state ballot initiative proposition fourteen and how that impacts all of us to this day. I've assembled a panel of accomplished bay area realtors community activist to discuss racism in san francisco real estate not just racism in the abstract. How racism historically affected and presently effects housing in the bay area. We've got some great insight and powerful stories from our panelists. But i one work vote to get us started from the press. Secretary to california governor pat brown. John berbie discussing an insight about california. He gained from his experiences of the nineteen sixties fairhousing battle. I came to california from hawaii. Hawaii is not racially perfect. But it was you know. There is a hierarchy and that's the hierarchy in hawaii rigid anyplace place but they ignore it and they try not to let it interfere with daily life and coming into california was quite a shock to me because this state was then and is now racist in ways it doesn't even Acknowledge or understand all right so let me introduce better with me. Today they earn esteemed group of professionals who have incredible depth of knowledge

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