When Realtors Were Forbidden From Showing ‘White Homes’ to Blacks. . .

map of inequality between neighbourhoods in New Orleans
Map of neighbourhoods in New Orleans. If you lived in an orange or red neighbourhood, chances are your banker would automatically turn down any request to borrow money.

An fine article in Axios serves to carefully enlighten the history of rules, regulations and restrictive housing practices that have underpinned racism in America.

Approaching this short documentary account, try to get by the initial video. It was created by people who are frightened to death that boredom will creep into their explanation, thus festooning it with distracting graphic elements that scamper by at confusingly frenetic rate.

Once you have wallowed in a Youtube presentation (that does not return you automatically to the meat of the article), hit the back button, then sign up for the rest of the tour, by clicking on the ‘Go Deeper’ link: American dream deferred. In fact, you can click the American dream deferred link right here and skip the video entirely, which would have been this writer’s preference, if only he’d known better.

Anyway, by all means give the video a whirl. It might be your cup if tea, if not this writer’s.

As for the meat of the article that unfolds after the video, among other features it provides a cogent explanation of the origins of the term ‘redlining’ — a deeply discriminatory and racist practice supposedly long dead now, but unfortunately still present in the deepest shadows of mortgage financing.

So, off you go, and don’t say you weren’t warned, on a short video adventure at Axios: Video: A history of housing inequality, before carrying on to an enlightening article.