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KPBS: San Diego Man Says He Experienced ‘Banking While Black’ In Local Bank of America Branch

KPBS, July 26, 2021, San Diego Man Says He Experienced ‘Banking While Black’ In Local Bank of America Branch

John Pittman III gave up trying to cash a $12,000 insurance settlement check at the Bank of America in Pacific Beach early last year after a branch manager accused him of trying to steal the money and told him she had called the police

And the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found last year that banks gave Black women less information about loans than White and Hispanic women.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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