Systemic Racism and Real Estate

Fighting housing discrimination

In the midst of protests calling for racial equality and an end to police brutality, Realtors are one of many groups being called on to help fix structural racism.

There is a very shameful history of housing discrimination in America, and while some legislation such as the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 has been enacted to eliminate discriminatory practices including blockbustingsteering, and redlining, housing discrimination still persists today. Studies show there is still widespread unequal treatment of minority home buyers and sellers.

We know that homeownership is one of the top contributors to net worth, and there are many emotional and health benefits of homeownership as well. Realtors must be agents of social change to ensure that everyone has fair access to housing.

When President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law in 1968, he said, “We have come some of the way, not near all of it. There is much yet to do.” These words still ring true as we listen and learn how to be part of the long-term solution.

About the Author

My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


1997 — 2000   Fleetwood HOA Board Officer

2013 — 2016   Rhythm at Music Row HOA Board Officer

2017   Greater Nashville Realtors: Housing Opportunities & Affordability Committee

2017 — 2018   St. Martin Square HOA Board Officer

2017 — 2019   Brentwood Photography Group Board

2018 — 2019   Senior Ride Nashville


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