Opinion | Blacks Still Face a Red Line on Housing

The Fair Housing Act of 1968, which outlawed housing discrimination on paper, might have made amends for some of this history had the federal government actually enforced it. But studies continue to show pervasive discrimination in housing, and lower-income whites still have greater access than middle-class African-Americans to healthy mixed-income communities.

A study by the National Fair Housing Alliance of a dozen metropolitan areas — including Atlanta; Austin, Tex., Birmingham, Ala.; Chicago; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; New York; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; and the District of Columbia — showed that real estate discrimination was pervasive.

The alliance filed a federal fair housing complaint against a real estate group in Jackson, Miss., charging that real estate agents were denying…

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