Language in Seattle-area rental ads divides neighborhoods along racial lines, study finds

SEATTLE — New research from the University of Washington offers some clues as to why, more than 50 years after the federal government banned housing discrimination, Seattle’s neighborhoods remain segregated by race.The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Social Forces, suggests that language in rental ads may have racially coded subtexts, possibly reinforcing biases among white prospective tenants that less-white neighborhoods are unsafe, peripheral and uninteresting.The study underscores many academics’, authors’ and activists’ depiction of racism as subtle, insidious and…

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