Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cathryn A. Paul — Baltimore's segregation caused by housing policy

The Washington Times:
In 1910, a black man, and a graduate of Yale law school, purchased a home in a previously all-white neighborhood in Baltimore. The swift response from the Baltimore City government was a residential segregation ordinance that required black Americans to live on selected blocks in the city. Overnight it became officially illegal for blacks to live in white neighborhoods vice versa. At the time, the Baltimore city mayor broadcasted this new policy with this explanation: “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 (Rothstein).” This was only the beginning of a long future of government-sponsored segregation designed to keeps black residents in “isolated slums.”

Read the full article HERE.