It’s Not a ‘Master Bedroom’

Legend, as well as others who made related points, aren’t wrong: There are massive, systemic problems when it comes to access to housing in the U.S., and changing the name of a room in a house on real estate listings isn’t going to make them disappear (or even improve). Hearing a reference to a “primary bedroom” on HGTV won’t do anything to address or reverse the lasting effects of redlining and segregation.

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But for many people—like Young, the Houston real estate agent we heard from earlier—the words we use everyday do matter. “More work needs to be done, we understand that, but I’m happy that steps are being taken in that direction for change to begin,” she told the New York Times in 2020. “Baby steps can lead to bigger steps.”

 

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