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WATCH: Taking Action With ‘Color of Law’ Author Richard Rothstein

Dr. Lee Davenport interviews New York Instances bestselling writer of “The Shade of Regulation,” Richard Rothstein, together with Leah Rothstein, his co-author on the brand new “Simply Motion.”

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Certainly one of my favourite, encapsulating statements from Richard Rothstein’s quintessential e book on how public coverage has formed U.S. actual property, The Shade of Regulation, is:

“Provided that we will develop a broadly shared understanding of our frequent historical past will or not it’s sensible to contemplate steps we might take to meet our obligations.” (p. 198)

I prefer to sum this up as figuring out our collective (nationwide and native) un-fair housing historical past is like taking the 101 class — it’s the introductory part of being a well-informed actual property skilled. 

There isn’t a disgrace when you want a refresher on the 101 course of how did we get to this place of needing truthful housing legal guidelines and advocacy. Right here’s  a beginning place for a fast evaluation, “‘There goes the neighborhood’: The historical past of race and U.S. homeownership

It’s clear that 101 lessons are a great and vital begin (kudos to NAR for making truthful housing schooling a primary requirement of renewal) however there’s extra to do to get to “commencement,” the place we will proclaim a job properly completed as dynamic, housing opportunity-makers. We’ve by no means merely been keyholders and door openers however influencers for our communities. 

To that time, many individuals (rightfully so) end studying The Shade of Regulation or go away vital however quick one-and-done truthful housing conferences and lessons that designate the historical past of un-fair housing saying “Now that I do know this, what can I do in my nook of the world?” 

That palpable viewers motivation to do one thing, something, that helps restore previous unfair housing insurance policies and actions is a win. But, that curiosity is an electrifying begin on this journey, not the fruits. Paraphrasing the late Dr. Maya Angelou, as soon as we all know higher, we need to do higher — we need to take just motion

After delving into The Shade of Regulation and the historical past of unfair housing (which once more is the 101 intro course), on what “Simply Motion” (a.ok.a. the 201 course) ought to actual property professionals focus? 

Watch this quick interview with the man that actually wrote the e book on this, Richard Rothstein, and the co-author of his newest e book, Simply Motion, Leah Rothstein. 

We talk about:

  • “I wasn’t round when unfair housing occurred so why ought to I be accountable for fixing it?” (Be aware: Federal Truthful Housing Legal guidelines have been on the books for 55 years, whereas the common agent is 56 years outdated. Thus, half of us within the trade (with this quantity probably rising every day) had no sway concerning unfair housing insurance policies.)
  • How realty corporations and native associations can associate locally.
  • The one well-known service that legal professionals provide that actual property corporations and associations can undertake to make a giant distinction in our communities.
  • Pivotal methods to beat despair and “paralysis of research” that some might really feel when analyzing the remaining impacts of unfair housing.

I agree with Leah Rothstein, who proclaims on this interview, “We don’t lack for choices, we simply must get began.” Let’s get it!

Within the meantime, are you interested by a mastermind group to particularly determine Simply Motion in your neck of the woods? 

This summer season solely, I’ll be internet hosting a no-fee, transformative small group cohort, Alternative-Makers Mastermind, the place you’ll have interaction in a journey to be taught extra about and actively advocate for truthful housing. This distinctive alternative not solely connects you with like-minded people but additionally empowers you to turn into an opportunity-maker inside your neighborhood.

Collectively, we will make a long-lasting impression on selling equitable entry and alternative in housing for all.

Lee Davenport is a licensed actual property dealer, coach and coach. Comply with her on YouTube or go to her web site.