The headline could have been written better; calling lower home values a “tax” is just inviting argument. But other than that, it’s a good article about how redlining and other restrictions on black home ownership, combined with the focus of development efforts away from black neighborhoods, has caused black-owned homes to be worth significantly less than similar white-owned homes. If you’re interested in more on the topic, I recommend The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, which I read a while back.
This is one of many ways in which the history of racism in the US contributes to inequality today. These kinds of things are why I don’t buy the “personal responsibility” and “level playing field” arguments that are so often used to limit access to education, social benefits, voting opportunities, etc for African-Americans. (And women, and LGBTQ, and almost all minorities…at varying levels of oppression.) If we really care about fairness, we should be willing to do what we can to make up for past repression and mistreatment that has led to where things stand today.