Taking risks to pursue the American dream
Ethrophic Burnett escaped the South Side of Chicago, moved to Minneapolis “to have a life for my kids” — and wound up in a social experiment.
In the late 1990s, when the oldest of her children were just in elementary school, her family was one of hundreds that was moved to the Twin Cities suburbs as the result of a federal fair housing lawsuit. Her children thrived, she said. They developed new ambitions that otherwise might have seemed distant.
Then, three years ago, as her oldest daughter entered college, Burnett lost eligibility for the home she was living in and moved the family back to the poorest area of Minneapolis.