Notes on redlining and related historical context

Excerpts of interest from a recent piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ From the 1930s through the 1960s, black people across the country were largely cut out of the legitimate home-mortgage market through means both legal and extralegal. Chicago whites employed every measure, from “restrictive covenants” to bombings, to keep their neighborhoods segregated. Their efforts were buttressed…

The Missing U.S. Imperialism Memorial

Philosopher Susan Neiman alludes to a striking gap in the considerable array of museums on the National Mall in Washington D.C. The U.S. has long been an imperial power, and as such has accumulated a considerable record of crimes that few nations can match. Yet that record is invisible. As the empire remains, the establishment…