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Land Valuation and the Enduring Significance of Racial Residential Segregation

By Henry-Louis Taylor, Jr.

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This evening my presentation focuses on the enduring significance of racial residential segregation and its relationship to the underdevelopment of Black communities.  It consists of two parts.  The first part examines the interaction among land valuation, racial residential segregation, and the underdevelopment of Black neighborhoods. The second part focuses on intervention and strategies for developing Black communities while simultaneously dismantling racial residential segregation.

Trapped: Racism, Health Inequities, Black Neighborhoods, and Reimagining the Legal System

By Henry-Louis Taylor Jr.

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The We Charge Genocide petition poses a troubling question, “are African Americans forced to live under conditions that breed unnecessary hardship, suffering, disease, dying, and premature death?” In my presentation today, I argue that the city-building process produces racially segregated, marginalized, and under-developed neighborhoods that breed low-incomes, disease, dying, and premature death among African Americans. These unhealthy housing and neighborhood conditions, I maintain, are made possible by a legal framework consisting of vague housing laws and a lax building code enforcement system. Moreover, this legal framework and enforcement system allow predatory landlords to operate with impunity in underdeveloped Black communities. Market-driven residential segregation is the culprit that creates the context that enables predatory business activities to thrive.