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7 Reasons Why the Systemic Eviction of Black Women Is Just as Destructive to the Black Family as Black Male Incarceration

It has been well-documented that the large-scale incarceration of Black men has become a scourge destroying Black families and communities all across the U.S. But for Black women, eviction has quietly become an extremely destructive force also wreaking havoc on Black families and Black communities. And after a woman is evicted once, it can follow her forever — just like a conviction. Landlords often say to prospective tenants, “I’ll rent to you as long as you don’t have an eviction or a conviction.” Together, they represent twin terrors leading to long-term damage to Black women and Black men. This list borrows heavily from a comprehensive study on the city of Milwaukee by the McArthur Foundation, which has been the seminal work in the field used by scholars and housing advocates to show for the first time the differential impact evictions have on men and women, Blacks and whites.

 

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Black Women Most Likely to Be Evicted

In high-poverty Black neighborhoods, one male renter in 33 and one woman in 17 is evicted, according to a study released last year by the McArthur Foundation. In high-poverty white neighborhoods, in contrast, the ratio is 134:1 for men and 150:1 for women. Women from Black neighborhoods represented only 9.6 percent of the population, but they accounted for 30 percent of the evictions in Milwaukee, where McArthur researchers conducted a study. However startling, these statistics account only for court-ordered evictions. They do not include “informal” evictions, like using strong-arm tactics or paying unwanted tenants to move, housing condemnations, or landlord foreclosures.

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Gender Plays a Role in Dealing with Male Landlords

As the McArthur Foundation fieldwork shows, the interaction between predominantly male landlords and female tenants is also a culprit and often turns on gender dynamics. Men who fell behind in rent, for example, often went directly to the landlord. Many women facing eviction instead took the nonconfrontational approach, what the landlords called engaging in “ducking and dodging.”

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3 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why the Systemic Eviction of Black Women Is Just as Destructive to the Black Family as Black Male Incarceration

  1. I have only one question: why is there never a referendum for affordable housing on the ballots in american politics? this referendum is a priority for every state in america. I am real tired of this. who are these elected officials working for? it is time for the electorate to get serious. the idiots in government are not going to do anything they are not forced to do for the people.

  2. You mean the rightful eviction of people who don't pay their bills or………?

  3. I can understand the 'ducking and diving' we have those same landlords in the UK and they are going to be asking for a bit more than your back rent when you go and face them with your predicament. Gender plays a big part in how you are treated when you are poor and you learn not to take stupid risks with power crazed ugly men who think you owe them something extra because they are letting you stay in their damp squalid flat for one more day until they decide to kick you out on the street. One good thing in the UK is that women with children still have housing rights but the rights of single men and women is being degraded all the time. And Chris Pasternack there are ways of helping poor people already in debt to the banks on low incomes who find themselves in deeper shit than they ever imagined, and putting them out onto the street with no hope of finding anywhere else in a hurry is a short-sighted mealy mouthed hard hearted and unnecessary way which should be shocking everyone who witnesses it. There could courses and grants and funding aimed at getting people out of poverty and into self-respect and into work where they can pay their overpriced rent to low-grade low-life landlords until they have got themselves back together again. Your lack of compassion for people in trouble will come back and bite you in the arse one of these days.

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