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The documentary series "Divisible" explores the national policy of redlining using Omaha, Nebraska, as a case study to understand how redlining impacted people of color and why it remains relevant today. Redlining, which officially began in 1934, designated specific areas of cities to receive financial support - e.g., federally-supported home mortgage loans - and expressly excluded other areas, implicitly targeting them for disinvestment and decline. This targeting reflected a long history of racism. Disfavored neighborhoods - the 'redlined areas' - were overwhelmingly populated by people of color. The resulting disinvestment exacerbated pre-existing education, health, economic, and criminal justice disparities. While redlining as government policy was ultimately declared illegal and banned in 1968, the harmful impacts remain clearly evident to this day and many of the practices continue informally today.
Yet most Americans do not know what 'redlining' means, much less its powerful and persistent implications. This lack of understanding about redlining skews many Americans' perceptions of various socioeconomic disparities past and present. This series aims to build awareness of the historical context that precipitated redlining, and the ways redlining’s effects are still felt to this day.
Few schools teach students about redlining. Every morning those students are instructed to put their hand over their heart and pledge allegiance to "one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." But those who understand the policy know that redlining expressly countered the very idea of America as an indivisible nation. Elected leaders and judges flouted their responsibility to protect “liberty and justice for all,” rendering this nation divisible - evidenced by these maps.
To learn more, please visit divisibledoc.com
Below is a teaser for the series, as a preview of what is to come.
The images below were taken in Omaha, NE, during the 3 weeks spent filming there.