How Section 8 became a slur

In the recent McKinney, Texas, pool fight that resulted in charges of police brutality and one police officer quitting the force, one of the slurs yelled by white residents included Section 8 housing.

indexHere’s Vox’s take on what that means. And here’s the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, which contains this gem:

In a broad sense, this is an American tradition: conflating where people live with who they are. “We’ve been doing that as a society for a really, really long time,” says Lawrence Vale, an MIT professor who has written extensively about public housing. “And it’s been racialized for a lot of that history.”

Fascinating, yes? And thanks, Ebony, for the link.

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