An opinion piece by U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Marcia L. Fudge was originally published in The Washington Post on June 10, 2021. Please read below:
When demonstrators flooded the streets of Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, they were not only protesting local police practices. They were also speaking out against the destructive, systemic racism that has permeated nearly every aspect of life in the Twin Cities — and our nation as a whole. Consider this sobering fact: A child born in the majority-White neighborhood of Historic Hill in St. Paul can expect to live 21 years longer than a child born in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Rondo — even though these areas are separated by fewer than five miles.
In the United States of America — the greatest country in the world — a child’s future should never be limited by the Zip code where they are born. As our society embraces a long overdue reckoning with our legacy of systemic racism, we must remedy the structures and policies that perpetuate inequality in our nation — many of them, such as the practice of redlining, created by our own governments. That is why the Department of Housing and Urban Development is now taking action to realize the full promise of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.