Beyond Segregation: Rethinking racial covenants, housing policy and urban displacement

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 2:00 PM / 3:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Anne Bonds, Kevin Ehrman-Solberg
Chairs: Kevin Ehrman-Solberg


This panel explores the ongoing legacy of racial covenants and other discriminatory housing policies. Racial covenants were legal tools used in the 19th and 20th century to prevent people of color from owning, or even occupying, property. Amplified through subsequent local and federal housing practices, these restrictions reshaped the racial geographies of cities across the United States. Covenants often have been viewed as an extension of Jim-Crow era segregation policies (Rothstein 2017, Gonda 2015). However, recent scholarship from Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Washington DC suggests that racial covenants can also be understood in the urban north as part of an ongoing colonial project predicated on displacement. Bringing together researchers analyzing covenants and housing policies across a range of urban contexts, the panel will consider strategies for researching and mapping the historic legacies of these restrictions, and situate covenants in the broader context of successive regimes of white settlement. Panelists will also explore how gentrification and contemporary housing policy reproduces the white supremacist logics and material advantages previously encoded in racial covenants.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Rachel Brahinsky University of San Francisco 15
Panelist Anne Bonds University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 15
Panelist Kevin Ehrman-Solberg University of Minnesota 15
Panelist Mara Cherkasky Prologue DC, LLC 15
Panelist Sarah Shoenfeld Prologue DC 15

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