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April is Fair Housing!

How do you avoid operating on autopilot? Education and Experience are key to growth and learning.

by Sara Ploetz

April is Fair Housing Month!  How do you avoid operating on autopilot?  Education and experience are key to growth and learning.

The Fair Housing Task Force, a Committee of the Lake Superior Area REALTORS®, Inc. (LSAR), was started in 2020 to explore local efforts where we can contribute to education, create conversation and learn from our community on this important matter as well increasing diversity, equality and inclusion in our industry.

Not sure where to start??  The following books are being recommended to get you going!

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

In this groundbreaking book, Harvard sociologist and 2015 MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Matthew Desmond takes readers into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee, where families spend most of their income on housing and where eviction has become routine—a vicious cycle that deepens our country’s vast inequality. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, Evicted transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry

Perry is a professor, writer, and mother to two sons. This autobiography explores coming of age as a Black person in current-day America and speaks to the challenges of parenting Black children in an unjust world. 

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho

“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”

In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask―yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity―but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

It’s hailed one of the most important nonfiction books of the 21st century; judges have cited the text and it’s been assigned as required reading on campuses across the country. Above all, this New York Times bestseller has served as a catalyst for change in the American justice system.

These books are just a start of the education we can all participate in to encourage learning and conversations.


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