Radiohead – The Numbers: Jonny, Thom & a CR78

“The future is inside us. It’s not somewhere else… We call upon the people. Only people have this power. The numbers don’t decide. Your system is a lie. A river running dry. The wings of a butterfly. And you may pour us away like soup. Like we’re pretty broken flowers. We’ll take back what is ours. One day at a time.”

Redlining, Segregation, Property, and Freedom

A Short History of Housing Segregation in America

This is important.

I have not really talked much about this, but I have a long term project I’ve been working on about the connection between property/land ownership and freedom in America. Many of our governmental and societal ills can be traced to the fact that, from the very start of this country until relatively recently, property ownership was a requirement for voting.

This is more than (just) about race. If you think, “Hey, I own a home, I’m good.” and you have a mortgage, then you don’t really own your home. The bank does.