The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern Day Wealth Gap

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2 PM Via Crowdcast & Zoom Platforms

Join Producer Bruce Orenstein, Chicago Real Estate Industry Trailblazer, Managing Broker-Appraiser of FJWilliams Realty LLC, and former President of the Southside Branch NAACP, Frank Williams, and Michelle Kennedy, Founder of the Chicago South Side Film Festival for this film presentation and panel discussion. We’ll view the 40-minute film: The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap. Afterward, we’ll discuss the film and talk with our panelists about racism and residential housing segregation in Chicago.

The Color Tax 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 but denied access to standard mortgages. 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.

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