AFFORDABLE HOUSING

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∞Tania Romero

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Most of the times, while watching a movie, there is a beautiful nice home in a rural area being owned by people with white skin and European features. On the other hand, when people of color such as those of the Latinx or Black community are being depicted, they tend to live in a barrio or the hood.

Although this may be stereotypical, many people of color are living in areas where the housing, at times, are not in living condition. Society has normalized the fact that minorities must live in small, crowded areas because that is where they belong or the most they can afford, while white people have the privilege of living in great houses and basic living conditions. This stems from housing laws which made it illegal for people of color. Also generational wealth is a factor. Yes, generational wealth is real y’all.

Too often, people of color are afraid to speak up, afraid of losing what they have—especially those who are undocumented. Apart from that, the price of rent keeps rising, and people pay thousands of dollars for things such as trailer homes or single bedroom studios. All in all, there needs to be more affordable housing. Strangely, when white people speak up, people and government listen, but when people of color do so, there is resistance. It would be something if more white Americans fought along side of people of color in creating change, including affordable housing in California and throughout the United States.