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Editor: Stephen Clowney
Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Monday, September 20, 2010

Destoying Black Property = Commemorating Civil Rights

Slate highlights a property-rights story coming out of Montgomery, Alabama:

Over the last decade or so, dozens—perhaps hundreds—of homes in Montgomery have been declared blighted and razed . . . The owners tend to be disproportionately poor and black, and with little means to fight back. And here's the kicker: Many of the homes fall along a federally funded civil rights trail in the neighborhood where Rosa Parks lived. Activists say the weird pattern may not be coincidence.  . . .

The city of Montgomery is destroying the homes of low-income, African-American residents along a trail commissioned to celebrate the civil rights movement.

Steve Clowney

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