In discussions of racism, media and public figures often focus on individual acts of discrimination or violence. But we know that racism also refers to broader, systemic patterns of oppression and control that don't always get the same attention as individual instances of aggression. Racist, systemic practices have long-lasting impacts, and may continue to this day, albeit in new forms.
One such practice in the United States is redlining, which refers to efforts on the part of government officials and the private sector to keep Black Americans from owning property in certain neighborhoods, denying them housing subsidies or support granted to whites, or ensuring they pay exorbitant housing costs. Although redlining was ostensibly made illegal in 1968 by the Fair Housing Act, it has impacted Black Americans' ability to build generational wealth through home ownership, and there are other types of racialized housing discrimination that persist to this day.
Adam Briones is with The Greenlining Institute, where he leads the banking, housing and economic development work.
Latonia Haney Keith currently serves on the senior leadership team of The College of Idaho as Vice President of High Impact Practices.
Shannon McGuire is a locally recognized leader in community health, and brings a diverse view and experience to the challenges surrounding food systems.