The United States must reckon with the racism built into its housing system in order to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to build wealth.
In order to address centuries of collective harm to African Americans, the United States must acknowledge the impacts of slavery and make an intentional choice to rebuild itself in an equitable manner.
Eliminating racial disparities in economic well-being requires long-term, targeted interventions to expand access to opportunity for people of color.
Most policy interventions, even those that are seemingly large or ambitious, are insufficient to close the racial wealth gap.
While the nation has undoubtedly made progress, entrenched structural racism continues to corrupt American democracy and preserve racial inequality.