To understand why the region’s widening prosperity gap is leaving black residents behind, look to the racist policies of the past and their repercussions
Years of housing discrimination helped limit African-Americans’ ability to own property and create wealth in Austin. The impact of those policies is still being felt today.
Vonnye Rice-Gardner’s parents didn’t have many options when they wanted to buy their first house.It was the early 1930s, and just a few years earlier the Austin City Council demarcated a new “negro district” in the eastern part of the city. If Friendly and Johnnie Mae Yates Rice wanted access […]