The GI Bill of 1944 offered World War II Veterans a range of benefits in reward for their service to the United States. This bill was the mechanism by which many Americans finally entered the middle class. However, African-American veterans and other minorities were systematically prevented from accessing these benefits. Redlining was one of the discriminatory practices that helped to create the racial wealth gap we see today.
In this talk, Marsha Davis of Davis Squared Consulting, shares the history of redlining and outlines its impacts on the development of neighborhoods in Asheville, North Carolina.
This case study highlights the links between federal policies and our day-to-day experiences in our communities.
This talk was originally presented at OnTrack WNC's 45th Financial Literacy Luncheon