third blog entry
How do you see the history of north Minneapolis mirroring the national historical trends described in chapter 1 of Urban Injustice? How do these readings tell a story that is similar or different than what's in that chapter?
*** It's a proven fact in my mind that histroy repeats itself. As displayed in the readings, you see a very common theme between the history of north Minneapolis and the historical trends of america (described in Urban Injustice). Some of the specifics discussed in the readings include the early and still ongoing segragation of neghiborhoods, the types of redlining that may still be going on in a more discreat fashion to keep African Americans out of certain neghiborhoods, and even the interstate highway program. We discussed specifically in class the construction of HWY 94 (i think that was the number), that makes an obvious barrier between the rich and the poor. It is also apparent that not much is being done about the problems in north minneapolis...a quote from the readings (Hilfiker p.16)"...Once poverty was defined as an African-American phenomenon, we gave up remrkably quickly." In conclusion I think that Minneapolis has fallen into a sterotypical spiral of what racism and ghettos are, how they are created, and how the problems are not being fixed.