on Wed Jan 19 08:37:19 2022, in response to Re: The MLK Tapes, posted by Wakefield-241st Street on Wed Jan 19 06:02:22 2022.
Levitt was a businessman who conducted business with the times. That was the nature of real estate in the 50's and even the 60's. Certainly doesn't make it right. He knew the banks were declining mortgages to returning black GI's. The banks were the ones discriminating. If a broker took a black couple to see a house in that era the whole neighborhood would know and their reputation and their business would suffer. Not only that but they could be prosecuted for blockbusting. Even Starett City had a racial quota for their apartments.