Professor Bates lecture and our reading, Segregation and Discrimination in Housing, complemented each other in numerous ways. When we were first asked in class “do we believe that more than 50 percent of our class lived in government subsidized housing?” I did not raise my hand (Bates). When I realized that my own house was included in that statistic I started to think about my community more closely. I overlook the fact that “2.5-3.5 million people are homeless each year” (Bates). Furthermore, “our collective refusal to acknowledge segregation is a serious problem” (Segregation). Thinking about my neighborhood back home, I realize that the vast majority of people are white, middle income families. I did not concern myself with housing problems because they were not present in my daily life. As a member of the 72.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites that own their home, I did not understand its significance. Minority groups were being confined to segregated neighborhoods, thus concentrating poverty, increasing crime, and limiting opportunities.
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Better, Household income in the United States, Neighbourhood, Minority group, national housing goal