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Zoned Out in Texas: How One Mother Overcame Dallas’s Discriminatory Housing Laws

12 January 2022

Summary

Patricia McGee was living in the Mandalay Palms Apartments in a rough section of Dallas a few years ago when one day her ten-year-old son said, “Momma, look.” McGee peered out the window and saw a sex worker hanging out at the bus stop in front of the apartment “doing some things she shouldn’t be doing.” 1 McGee was horrified. “Your kids, they pay attention to everything,” she says. They began “talking about stuff they ain’t got no business talking about,” she says. 2

Authors

Richard D. Kahlenberg
Richard D. Kahlenberg is director of K–12 equity and senior fellow at The Century Foundation with expertise in education, civil rights, and equal opportunity.

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racial discrimination exclusionary zoning housing discrimination fair housing act