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‘The pandemic should be a wake-up call.’ Neighborhoods that were redlined are more vulnerable to COVID-19, research suggests


The legacy of redlining lives on today in terms racial disparities in wealth and education.

And now with the coronavirus pandemic ravaging communities of colors, researchers say that racist housing policies have contributed to worse health outcomes for many Americans.

Neighborhoods that were historically barred from mortgage lending continue to see a lower life expectancy and a higher prevalence of chronic diseases, according to a new study from researchers at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Richmond.

“Historical structural racism created economic and health disparities we see…


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