Connecting to History



 Families protesting school districts that made high-performing Noah Webster Elementary School out of boundary for families of color. Hartford Library History Project, circa 1960. 

Racial, ethnic, and economic residential segregation today is no accident but is the result of intentional government policies, like redlining, enforcing racial covenants, and discriminatory lending in federal programs.  Because the government contributed to creating segregation, it has a legal obligation under state and federal law to counteract forces that promote segregation.  This is called the duty to affirmatively further fair housing.

Professor Jack Dougherty of Trinity College worked closely with the Mapping and Geographic Information Center at the University of Connecticut to create historical maps of the Hartford area that help us better understand the historical roots of present-day segregation: 

To counterbalance these intentional policies that fostered segregation, the Fair Housing Act creates an obligation to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing under certain circumstances.

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