Musings | 04 Mar 2016

A Problem Bigger Than Rent and Landlords

You can call it class warfare or use any other buzz words currently overused by the media to describe this situation, but the fact remains:

In a typical month, three in four people in Milwaukee’s eviction court were black, and three in four of those were women. One female renter in seventeen from the city’s poorest black neighborhoods was evicted through the court system each year, twice the number for men from the same neighborhoods, and nine times that for women from the poorest white areas. Women from black neighborhoods made up less than ten per cent of Milwaukee’s population but nearly a third of its evicted tenants. If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.

Desmond, Matthew. “Forced Out.” The New Yorker, February 8 & 15, 2016.

And, of course, there is no racism in America.

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