Redlining, Segregation, and Inequality

Why Are Cities Still So Segregated?” — NPR, 2018, 6:36

A fantastic history of redlining and how it still affects residential segregation today. Redlining was/is the practice of barring families from mortgages based on their area of residence. More often than not, the areas that were redlined were communities of color. This gave whites access to financing to relocate or to improve their neighborhoods. While the practice of redlining is now illegal, its legacy lives on in our communities, schools, and criminal justice system.

How has redlining produced inequalities in education, economics, and policing? Why do these inequalities persist today despite fair housing and loan policies? What could we do to desegregate or improve these areas?

From the video’s description: In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act that made it illegal to discriminate in housing. Gene Demby of NPR’s Code Switch explains why neighborhoods are still so segregated today.