The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap | Chicago Association of REALTORS®


The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap

Thursday, April 15, 2021
3:30PM - 5:00PM

Registration for this event will close on Wednesday, April 14 at 8:00 PM

April is Fair Housing Month. Join us for a series of events commemorating the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which explicitly outlawed housing discrimination based on race, religion, national origin and sex. This event series is designed to provide you with the understanding and tools you need to identify and prevent fair housing violations. Together, we can do more than just comply with the spirit of the act – we can seek to affirmatively further Fair Housing.

This week, join us for a private airing of The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap,” Episode 3 of the five-part documentary series, Shame of Chicago, which tells the story of how a system of predatory home contract sales during the 1950s and 60s plundered enormous sums of wealth from black families seeking the American dream of homeownership.

In a compelling narrative format, “The Color Tax” documents who peddled the contracts, how and why they were allowed to do it, and what happened when black families organized to fight back, in one of Chicago’s most heart-wrenching and perilous campaigns for racial and economic justice. After the episode airs, a panel discussion will break down the lessons learned and solutions.

Space for this virtual event is limited.


  • CEO Michelle Mills Clement | Chicago Association of REALTORS®


  • Bruce Orenstein | Producer, Shame of Chicago: The Segregation of an American City
  • CAR President Nykea Pippion McGriff | Vice-President of Brokerage Services, Coldwell Banker Realty

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