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Ask Eli: Black Lives Matter

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Answer: I was proud of the statement ARLnow and the rest of the Local News Network (LNN) sites made on Friday, taking a public stance supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Do people care what I think?

I honestly didn’t think so, but it has become clear to me over the last couple of weeks that taking a stance on the BLM movement is important to many of my colleagues, friends, neighbors and clients. For them, I want to state it in my most public forum: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

There are too many people better equipped to write/talk about the topic than me, so I will simply link to couple of them.

A few years ago, a close friend recommended Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and it had a profound impact on my understanding of privilege and systemic racism. The audiobook is narrated by the author, making his words even more powerful.

I have called RLAH Real Estate home for my entire real estate career and one of the things I’m most proud of is the incredible diversity across our 250+ agents in the DMV. Our leadership has done an excellent job of encouraging productive conversations about current events and taken strong public stands supporting BLM. I’d like to share this <5 minute video featuring stories from some of my colleagues as it relates to race in real estate.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column or to set-up an in-person meeting to discuss local real estate, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland with RLAH Real Estate, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. #10C Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 390-9460.

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