Baltimore Shows How Historic Segregation Shapes Biased Policing Today

Baltimore Shows How Historic Segregation Shapes Biased Policing Today, Emily Badger, The Washington Post, Wonkblog, August 10, 2016, available here

The 1937 Home Owners’ Loan Corporation map of Baltimore — the original “redlining” document in which the government determined which neighborhoods were worthy of mortgage lending — is reproduced, in full color, on Page 73 of the scathing federal investigation of the city’s modern-day police force released this week.

It seems, perhaps, an odd inclusion, a housing history lesson in a report on policing, an 80-year-old artifact far removed from the city’s dynamics in 2016. But this map is, if not the beginning, part of an early chapter in explaining how things in Baltimore got where they are, full of racial mistrust and deep chasms between poor, black neighborhoods and city institutions. It is directly connected to the city’s policing problems today.

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