1. American dream deferred

Photo illustration of a home being sold to a white couple instead of a Black couple.

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Lambert Studios (ARC), H. Armstrong Roberts (ClassicStock)/Getty Images

The U.S. government partnered with the private sector for decades to prevent Black Americans and immigrants from owning homes, and while explicit rules regulating where people of color live were outlawed in 1968, the legacy of racial segregation in undervalued neighborhoods still reverberates throughout the country.

Why it matters: Owning a home is an integral piece of the American dream, and the single most important driver of wealth generation and financial security — especially for Black households.

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