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  • Gordon argues that racially restrictive covenants are the “original sin” of segregation in America and are largely responsible for the racial wealth gap that exists today.

    “And the fact that of similarly situated African American and white families in a city like St. Louis, one has three generations of homeownership and home equity under their belt, and the other doesn’t,” he said. “It’s a huge difference to your opportunities.”

    Gordon said the covenants are not mere artifacts of a painful past. They laid the foundation for other discriminatory practices, such as zoning and redlining, that picked up where covenants left off.

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