The startling effects of housing discrimination in Ferguson

August 17, 2015
Ferguson has become a lynchpin of the #BlackLivesMatter movement since Michael Brown's death, but the city's issues run much deeper than just excessive police force.
     Of the U.S. metropolitan areas with large black populations, St. Louis, Missouri is one of the most segregated -- a product of years of explicit governmental policies and individual prejudices, which have played a role in the divide that persists between black and white residents of the area.
     Between 1934 and 1968, redlining by the Federal Housing Administration made it virtually impossible to secure a loan as a black person, the effects of which are still visible in the St. Louis area (and many other neighborhoods across the U.S., for that matter).