The Washington Post: Years before Trump’s attacks, Freddie Gray’s death sparked a huge effort to heal Baltimore. It wasn’t enough.

The Washington Post, August 1, 2019: Years before Trump’s attacks, Freddie Gray’s death sparked a huge effort to heal Baltimore. It wasn’t enough.

The meeting in the Roosevelt Room felt urgent and intense.

Freddie Gray was dead, another black man fatally wounded in an interaction with police. After his funeral, Baltimore burned on live television. Gray had quickly become a national symbol of urban neglect and a rallying cry for change.

Donald Trump was a private citizen at the time, building his political brand and tweeting that if he were in charge of Baltimore, he would “fix it real fast.”

The Obama White House was already attempting to do just that. It had convened Cabinet secretaries, top advisers and Maryland leaders to work on repairing the deep wounds in one of America’s oldest majority-black cities and remedy decades of racial disparities.

Four years later, in the midst of a reelection campaign, President Trump has made Baltimore his latest foil, blaming Cummings and other Democrats for its high crime and entrenched poverty.

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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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