Kimberlé Crenshaw, The Dynamics of Racism and Housing | MAKERS Moment
KIMBERLE CRENSHAW: We were the second Black family to move in the neighborhood. I remember when we came to look at the neighborhood. There were all these kids playing in the street. And I was like, wow, this is going to be great. I can't wait till I get here.
And then, you know, we move in, and I run outside, and it's like, it became a ghost town. It was like, where are all the kids? Like, people just went indoors. So we never really made friends with any of the white families in our neighborhood. And within a period of maybe 10 to 15 years, the neighborhood turned, you know, pretty much completely Black.
Most of the white folks who could move did move. I remember when the real estate agent came to the door and didn't realize that my mom was Black and started talking about, well, you better, you know, sell now. If you don't, you'll lose, you know, the value of your property.
I mean, all of these things, they weren't things I read about. They were things that I actually experienced in Canton, Ohio.