Watch This: The House We Live In

In 2010 in Oklahoma, just under half of the state’s residents of color owned their own homes, compared to three-quarters of the state’s white residents.  Home ownership is a key element of economic mobility and has has been key to growing the middle class in America, as we’ve discussed in our report “Closing the Opportunity Gap” and in a previously-posted video on the impact of the racial wealth gap.

This clip from PBS’s “The House We Live In,” part of a multipart PBS series called “Race: The Power of an Illusion,”  demonstrates how US post-war public policy widened today’s racial wealth gap by initially restricting access to home ownership almost exclusively to white Americans and later divesting people of color from the wealth in their homes by using a race based rating system for property values.

A transcript is available here; the clip linked above is from Scene #10. 

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Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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