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Gatekeepers and Homeseekers: Institutional Patterns in Racial Steering

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“Gatekeepers and Homeseekers: Institutional Patterns in Racial Steering';, is an informative article that touches upon many of the key points gone over in class. This article deals with the difference in the way blacks and whites were and are treated, past and present, by real estate agents when shopping for a new home. In the study, one can see that blacks were not treated as fairly as white people in the real estate market were. Many times the potential black homebuyers were discouraged from purchasing homes in the same areas that the agent would readily show a white homebuyer. The real estate agent played a very peculiar role in doing this. They were, in essence, the racist gatekeepers of a seemingly non-racist neighborhood.…show more content…
This notion can be correct as well as open to interpretation. As stated in the article:
“White attitudes towards racial integration in housing have also become more positive. The steadily increasing acceptance of equal opportunity in housing over the past several decades has been matched by a decline in the number of whites who believe that they have the right to keep blacks out of their neighborhood.'; (p.117)
The reasoning behind this example is because the whites that have racist views have had a trend to run rather than fight. We can relate this to the days of cross burning in the Deep South by white supremacy organizations. This is the past, and an extreme example. Today’s modern racist would rather leave the integrating neighborhood and move elsewhere. People do what they do because they have been stuck in the views and experiences they have witnessed, such as the real estate agent and the racist neighbor. The same holds true for the non-racist, prejudice free white individual, which is becoming the norm today. They are the way they are because they have not been taught to hate the black person.
Do people always mean what they say? According to the interactionist approach to sociology, people do not always mean what they say. Experience can change the views of people who thought differently in the past. This is best exemplified through a particular quote from the article.
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