From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation – The Economic Policy Blog


The Political Agitator response: This put what is going on in Baltimore in perspective. When we talk about the root cause we can understand the reaction. But they don’t want to talk about that because it reveals what is really going on. Just keep on listening to what those who don’t want the truth to be made known and not researching to get the whole truth.

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. (Source: Read more)

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