Like it or not, here's the basic function of this local historical exhibit on display . . .
To remind our suburban friends that the world we live in today was shaped by racist policies of the not so distant past.
Here's even more description from our hipster friends . . .
As defined on the museum’s website, redlining is the “systematic disinvestment of some neighborhoods and populations in favor of others, most often on the basis of race.” It’s a practice that began in the 1930s and led to Black neighborhoods being sectioned away by structures, like highways, as the federal government openly sought to promote home ownership exclusively for white people.
Redlining was eventually “outlawed” via the Fair Housing Act of 1968. However, the effects of this oppressive neighborhood structuring system were already set in stone. Redlined lays it out plainly: “African Americans and other people of color were intentionally excluded from the American Dream.”
Redlined offers a lens to look at Kansas City as a piece of a current-day puzzle. Redlining was a national practice, but its effects can be seen just outside your window.
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The front entrance to the Johnson County Museum's Redlined exhibit. // Photo by Michael Cripe The Johnson County Museum's latest special exhibition, Redlined, offers an in-depth analysis of a 90 year-old racist practice and how it still affects Kansas Citians today.
Redlining refers to the systematic disinvestment of some neighborhoods and populations in favor of others, most often on the basis of race. This means that private industry and later the federal government chose to fund and support home purchases for white families and neighborhoods over African American families and other communities of color.
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