The 21st Show

Redlining Intensifies Climate Change in Black Neighborhoods


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Past redlining policies have segregated communities by race, deeming them as undesirable. These policies have deeply affected poorer and minority neighbors by making them less accessible to resources and economic prosperity. Although redlining was banned in 1968 by the Fair Housing Act, its consequences are still present today. 

A study by the Science Museum of Virginia found that past redlining policies have resulted in a dangerous heat disparity.  Poorer minority communities are on the front lines of extreme heat and other environmental concerns. 

The 21st hears more about the effects of increased temperatures on people's health and the lingering effects of redlining with an activist and research analyst. 


Kimberly Wasserman, Executive Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

David Harshbarger, Research analyst at the Brookings Institute Metropolitan Policy Program


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