LOS ANGELES, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashby & Graff, along with the rest of the world, are grieving the loss of life and the consistent devaluation of Black lives in America. As a California business, they have witnessed the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd ignite protests across the state and indeed the nation.
"The videotaped murder of George Floyd at the hands of those sworn to protect us is the reality of what Black Americans have been up against for generations: systems of racism that are literally taking Black lives every day." John Graff - CEO, Ashby & Graff
Ashby & Graff have recognized that the real estate industry, which provides for the creation and preservation of wealth through homeownership, has regrettably played a role in the systemic repression of minorities, and for too long, the benefits of homeownership have been intentionally denied to Black Americans.
"The origins of this complex issue began over 400 years ago with the arrival of the first enslaved people from Africa and their treatment for the next 200 years as the private property of slave owners. Then by Jim Crow laws, which sought to remove any political and economic clout of newly freed Black Americans and subsequently led to the institution of racist housing policies like redlining, steering, and blockbusting, and now in our present times where the large gap between White and Black homeownership has remained almost unchanged since the enactment of the Fair Housing Act over 50-years ago. The inequity in housing is but a sliver of the injustices facing minorities in our country, but it is emblematic of the long-lasting impact of programs that were specifically designed to keep a group of people enslaved." John Graff - CEO, Ashby & Graff
Ashby & Graff is challenging businesses across America to stand in solidarity with minorities in America who are fighting for survival and is firmly committed to action. Ashby & Graff will be making a donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund to assist in their fight for racial justice.
Read the full statement here: https://ashbygraff.com/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter/
About Ashby & Graff® Real Estate:
Ashby & Graff Real Estate is among the fastest-growing independent real estate brokerages in the United States. With more than 130 agents across California, Ashby & Graff services clients of all budgets, lifestyles, and backgrounds. Ashby & Graff is part of the Graff Real Estate, Inc. brand collection. California license number 02041450.
About the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice.
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Black Lives Matter
Photo from a Black Lives Matter demonstration.
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