Week 6: April 12 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
Heather C. McGhee: Racism has a cost for everyone | TED Talk. According to public policy expert Heather C. McGhee, racism makes our economy worse and not just in ways that harm people of color. McGhee shares insights into how racism fuels bad policymaking and drains our economic potential. She examines what we can do to create a more prosperous nation for all. McGhee states that "our fates are linked...it costs us so much to remain divided."
The red line: Racial disparities in lending | Reveal (revealnews.org) Forty years ago, the Community Reinvestment Act was passed in order to attempt to eliminate a form of government-sponsored housing discrimination, known as redlining. The law that requires banks to lend to qualified borrowers in blighted neighborhoods is full of loopholes that have been abused. This law does not apply to mortgage brokers/internet banking and it allows banks to claim credit for loaning almost exclusively to white applicants moving into historically black neighborhoods. This law has resulted in gentrification and has led to a new epidemic of modern-day redlining in America.
A History of Redlining in Omaha – North Omaha History This article examines the history of racial and ethnic discrimination in Omaha, and focuses specifically on redlining in Omaha in the 1920s through the 1960s, when it became illegal. Lenders, insurers, and real estate agents would steer Black people or other minorities towards a specific part of the city using discriminatory practices. Inequitable public services were provided to "redlined" neighborhoods; a recent study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition has shown that 3 out of 4 neighborhoods "redlined" 80 years ago continue to struggle economically today.