A Brief History of Institutional Racism in San Francisco’s Land Use Choices — and the Impacts that Remain Today

By Todd David and Stevon Cook. Mr. David is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, and Mr. Cook is a Commissioner at the San Francisco Unified School District. This article was adapted from research by the 2020 HAC Intern Cohort.

The events of recent weeks have forced a long overdue reckoning with systemic racism. The murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have acutely and horrifically revealed the brutal…