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Chicago Teachers Union presents The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth
The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap, is Episode 3 of the five-part documentary series, Shame of Chicago. This event will be a 37-minute screening followed by a discussion and Q&A with the filmmaker, Bruce Orenstein.

The Color Tax tells the story of how a system of predatory home contract sales during the 1950s and 60s plundered enormous sums of wealth from black families seeking the American dream of homeownership, but denied access to standard mortgages.

In a compelling narrative format, The Color Tax documents who peddled the contracts, how and why they were allowed to do it, and what happened when black families organized to fight back, in one of Chicago’s most heart-wrenching and perilous campaigns for racial and economic justice. The Color Tax is based on the award-winning book Family Properties by Rutgers University Historian Beryl Satter. Professor Satter, Professor Charles Branham (DuSable Museum), and filmmaker Bruce Orenstein will answer viewer questions following the screening.

Aug 8, 2022 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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