May 1, 2015

SHUT THE CITIES, INTEGRATE THE SUBURBS:

From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation (RICHARD ROTHSTEIN, 4/29/15, Economic Policy Institute)
     
In Baltimore in 1910, a black Yale law school graduate purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood. The Baltimore city government reacted by adopting a residential segregation ordinance, restricting African Americans to designated blocks. Explaining the policy, Baltimore's mayor proclaimed, "Blacks should be quarantined in isolated slums in order to reduce the incidence of civil disturbance, to prevent the spread of communicable disease into the nearby White neighborhoods, and to protect property values among the White majority."

Thus began a century of federal, state, and local policies to quarantine Baltimore's black population in isolated slums--policies that continue to the present day, as federal housing subsidy policies still disproportionately direct low-income black families to segregated neighborhoods and away from middle class suburbs.

We still owe them 40 acres and a mule--let's give them homes.

Posted by at May 1, 2015 8:21 PM
  

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