Mapping Prejudice

“No persons of any race other than the Aryan race shall use or occupy any building or any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different race domiciled with an owner or tenant.” – Mapping Prejudice, A Racial Housing Covenant from Hennepin County, Minnesota.

Join me in this segment of ‘Urban Agenda’ with my guest Kirsten Delegard, co-founder of ‘Mapping Prejudice’!

“This research is showing what communities of color have known for decades. Structural barriers stopped many people who were not white from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century.

map
/map/
verb
gerund or present participle: mapping
represent (an area) on a map; make a map of.

In Minneapolis, these restrictions served as powerful obstacles for people of color seeking safe and affordable housing. They also limited access to community resources like parks and schools. Racial covenants dovetailed with redlining and predatory lending practices to depress homeownership rates for African Americans. Contemporary white residents of Minneapolis like to think their city never had formal segregation. But racial covenants did the work of Jim Crow in northern cities like Minneapolis.

prej·u·dice
/ˈprejədəs/
noun
noun: prejudice; plural noun: prejudices
preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

This history has been willfully forgotten. So we created Mapping Prejudice to shed new light on these historic practices. We cannot address the inequities of the present without an understanding of the past.” – Mapping Prejudice

In 2020, Minneapolis stands out for its parks, the health of its residents and a whole host of other positive categories…if you’re white. If you’re black, it is an entirely different reality, Minneapolis is also home to some of the worst disparities in the United States, including for the education of black students. Segregation 2020.

seg·re·ga·tion
/ˌseɡrəˈɡāSH(ə)n/
Learn to pronounce
noun
noun: segregation
the action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.

“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” – George Wallace, Governor of Alabama, Inaugural Address, 1963. How did he know?

Published by Urban Agenda Media

I am the Creator and Host of ‘Urban Agenda’ on KMOJ Radio, Minnesota’s oldest Black radio station! I also host the podcast ‘Black Market Reads’ for the Givens Foundation for African American Literature!

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