Traversing Rego Park Through a Second Lens

After glancing through my neighborhood a second time through the lens of what I have learned in class, I have come to several new conclusions. In my first post, I said “the average monthly rent is $2100” for apartments buildings in the area. By talking to residents and relating our conversations in class, I...

Broken Windows Policing

Cartoon by Mike Flugennock, 2016 The broken windows theory was first described in 1982 in an article written by James Wilson and George Kelling where they used the analogy that a broken window, left unattended, would signal that no one cared and would ultimately lead to more disorder and crime. They proposed that police departments...

Black Codes

Cartoon by Thomas Nast, 1874, Harper’s Weekly These were a body of laws enacted by southern U.S. states in 1865 and 1866 following the end of the Civil War in order to regain their power over the freed slaves, maintain white supremacy and ensure the continued supply of cheap labor. Although the 13th Amendment...

Women’s Suffrage Movement

The moment woman first entered the United States, they were considered submissive individuals and were primarily responsible for looking after domestic affairs. Years passed by and in 1848, women finally felt the need to speak their minds. A group of women, led by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, gathered in Seneca Falls, New...

Kerner Commission

A team created by President Lyndon B. Johnson and led by Otto Kerner, Governor of Chicago, to investigate the causes behind the deadly riots and violence that took place in 1967 in various inner cities in the U.S. The Commission published its findings in the Kerner Report in 1968 and found that the violence...

Redlining

A policy outlined in the FHA’s 1939 Underwriting Manual and practiced by the FHA through which neighborhoods were considered “risky” for investment based solely on race and ethnicity. FHA loans as well as other financial assistance was denied to people in these areas. Redlining literally refers to using red lines on a map to...

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