RACE / RACISM

Redlining Lives On in Black New York Neighborhoods and Why Black Women Struggle to Get Help for ADHD

Catch up on the race and racism news you might have missed.

Stephanie Siek
Momentum
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4 min readJul 23, 2021

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Photo by Steve Strang on Unsplash

The stories highlighted in this week’s roundup of race-related news illustrate how much harder it can be for Black people to get what’s due to them, whether that’s a home loan, medical treatment, or flood prevention infrastructure. If reading about that stresses you out, don’t miss the last roundup item about how Black women are using cannabis products in their self-care routines — and founding businesses to help others do the same.

The Black Brooklyn neighborhoods where Black people can’t get a home loan

It may not be a huge shock to learn that there are still places where Black people are denied home mortgage loans. But what about when those places are in the heart of the ‘hood (or at least, what used to be called the ‘hood, pre-gentrification)? According to an investigation by NYC news station WABC, there are several historically Black neighborhoods in the city where the mortgage loan denial rate for Black people was 100% from 2018–2019, including parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Many other parts of the neighborhoods had approval rates well under 50% for Black applicants, even in census tracts where the majority of the population is Black. This is a problem in gentrifying neighborhoods around the country, and these statistics illustrate how difficult it can be for Black families to stay in the areas where they’ve found community.

Teaching students that racism is bad shouldn’t be a matter for debate — unless you’re in Texas

We should all be able to agree that kids should learn that the Ku Klux Klan is a bad thing, right? Well, apparently some members of the Texas state senate disagree. The body has just passed a bill that would eliminate requirements that schools teach about White supremacy (including slavery and the Ku Klux Klan) and the ways it is morally wrong. It would also remove mandates which require lessons include Native American and Chicano movement…

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Stephanie Siek
Momentum

Stephanie Siek is a writer and editor who loves cats, cookie dough and aborted alliteration.