Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors shared a post on Instagram from NPR. In it, Cullors said:
“Thank you @npr for highlighting the history of racism inside of the housing market and why Black homeownership has always been a way to disrupt white supremacy.”
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The Black Lives Matter co-founder has done her part to “disrupt white supremacy” by owning four homes worth 3.2 million dollars.
As to the article she references from NPR, it goes into tedious detail about the way black Americans were discriminated against in the housing market 60-80 years ago, says that black Americans were hit harder than other Americans by the 2008 housing crisis, and then makes dubious claims of racism today based on inequalities in lending that are mostly explained by differences in credit scores. The attitude of the piece could best be summed up with this excerpt,
Alston says “a good head start beats fast running,” and worries that a 350-year head start for white Americans could mean Black Americans may never catch up — unless the financial system is changed to be more affirmatively equitable.
Of course, the world doesn’t actually work this way for most people. If it were the case that wealth tended to accumulate and be passed on through generations we’d all be living in mansions and driving Lamborghinis. Unfortunately, whatever your color may be, only a small slice of the population is successful enough to pass significant resources on to the next generation. If you are talking wealth that lasts for multiple generations like the Bush, Kennedy and Rockefeller families, that’s extremely rare. Nearly 90% of America’s millionaires are self made, for example.
The vast majority of people, whatever their color may be, are not succeeding or failing because of inheritance. While, we’re at it, there are undoubtedly almost no “white supremacists” that have the capability of stopping black Americans from owning homes. It’s very easy to scream “racism” or “white supremacy” because that message relieves people of any responsibility. Unfortunately, unless you’re one of the people at the top of the race hustling pyramid, like Patrisse Cullors, buying into that idea is only going to keep you from being successful. Ultimately, your success or failure is going to be overwhelmingly dependent on the person you see in the mirror every morning. That person, not “white supremacy,” will decide if you are successful or not.
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