Redlining Racial Segregation

According to Merriam-Webster, the process of redlining is “refusing (a loan or insurance) to someone because they live in an area deemed to be a poor financial risk.” Mrs. Beth Krasemann’s Good Trouble: Black Agency Since 1865 class drove through areas of Hartford and West Hartford this week, viewing and discussing the differences between the multi-family homes and apartments of predominantly Black and brown neighborhoods versus the primarily single family homes of white families. Christian Williams Jones ’22 shared what he learned about how redlining policies are inherently discriminatory against Black and brown people, saying that while you generally understand that there is still a government-perpetuated divide “you don't know how the communities are made up by design. The learning process overall was informative.” Harrison Cahn ’22 talked about visiting these neighborhoods, observing many different cultures, and noticing how people tend to band together in a city atmosphere. He said, "We were able to see the wealth gap between the neighborhoods and how history has played a key role in that. There are neighborhoods so close together that are so different financially."

You may learn more about the history of redlining within the Hartford area here.