Check out this super racist Minneapolis map from 1935 [IMAGE]

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In some ways, 80 years makes a big difference. In other ways, not much has changed.
-- Update at bottom --

Last week, Council Member Jacob Frey posted a really racist Minneapolis "Planning Area Designation" map to his Facebook page. (But as Minneapolis historian Kirsten Delegard tells us on Twitter, the map is descriptive, not prescriptive, so it's not correct to call it a "planning map.")

In north Minneapolis, the map designates a "Negro Section (Largest in city)." That area is in the same general vicinity as one of the map's handful of "Slum" sections. There are also areas labeled "Foreign Born," "Working Men's Homes," and "Hobohemia." On the flipside, the affluent southwest part of town is labeled, "Gold Coast."

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Here's the map, which overlays the original document with "Interstate Highways and selected modern landmarks" from 2012 (click to enlarge):

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Courtesy of Jacob Frey


On Facebook, Frey wrote:

Think our city has been desegregated? I beg to differ. What has changed since 1935 when we literally zoned by race? If you are unable to read the small type, North Minneapolis is marked as "Negro Section," NE is marked "Foreign Born," Southwest is marked "Gold Coast," SE is marked "Middle Class."

These policy decisions still haunt us today, and are at the root of our opportunity gap. As I have said so many times, we cannot move beyond our problems unless we are living together.

Frey tells us he isn't totally sure the map is legit, but notes the eerie similarly between the planning zone names and modern-day Minneapolis's demographics -- for instance, the "Gold Coast" is still one of the wealthiest areas, while the "Negro Section" is the core of the city's African-American community.

Frey says he was given a paper copy of the map by someone at the Summit Academy, which he then uploaded to the web.

We asked city of Minneapolis spokesperson Casper Hill whether he could tell us anything about the city's role in preparing the map almost 80 years ago.

"I cannot determine whether or not elements of this map were created by the city of Minneapolis in the 1930s," Hill says.

:::: UPDATE ::::

On Twitter, Chris Steller points us to a post on PropertyProfBlog that indicates the map was first published by the Minneapolis Council of Social Agencies in 1937.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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MrGasso
MrGasso

Hobohemia??? I resemble that remark!

Oliver McKay
Oliver McKay

What kinda hipster fag uses the term "super racist"?? And in the headline?

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Not racist, just a sign of the times. Who the fuck really cares about a planning map from 80 years ago anyways?

Molly Walsh Woll
Molly Walsh Woll

Somehow my foreign-born grandparents ended up in the Gold Coast section. Radicals! Glad they weren't arrested!

Nolan Levenson
Nolan Levenson

old news! thanks David Lanegran Macalester College Geographers

Chevez Avina
Chevez Avina

Jack Griep Ted Engelen damn they had De as slum. THE NERVE!! lol

Uptownguy7
Uptownguy7

Someone get City Pages and CM Frey a history book on the Twin Cities.

Eric Arcilla
Eric Arcilla

In the last couple years City Pages has really decreased in quality. They've become as riveting as buzz feed - all hollow fodder.

Eric Arcilla
Eric Arcilla

"Someone once said to stop racism, stop talking about it." It was a very socially-intelligent man, Morgan Freeman

Eric Hapka
Eric Hapka

Unfollowing your pathetic race-baiting "news source".

icebergy
icebergy

I doubt it is authentic. Notice how the "old" labels are over the top of the freeways. In other words the freeways were not added after the fact.

millermissy
millermissy

Am I missing something?  Unless Linden Hills moved way north, I'm pretty sure that's actually right around Franklin and Lyndale - Loring Heights more.  MY neighborhood :)  Or am I reading the map wrong?


PS - I need Hobohemia to be a thing, something, anything. 

melissacrawley17
melissacrawley17

someone said no one is forced to live and we are segregated by choice teah someone elses choice all the time!

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

Idk, it looks pretty legit. "SLUM"

David Greene
David Greene

The debates over the origin and use of the map are missing the larger point. In 1935 the city was very segregated and inequitable. 80 years on, nothing much has really changed. That's a huge problem we need to address.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

The most offensive "insult" of all is the unfettered truth.

mpls_david
mpls_david

THIS JUST IN!!! WORLD MAP FROM 1835 SAYS THAT "SCANDINAVIANS" LIVE IN SCANDINAVIA, "LATINS" LIVE IN LATIN AMERICA, AND WHALES LIVE IN THE OCEAN!! PROOF THAT "THINGS HAVEN'T CHANGED" AND ALL EARTHLINGS ARE RACIST!!

Kevin Karner
Kevin Karner

I wish CP would do their research every once in a while. It's not a planning map, it was drawn up by a sociologist in the 1930s for his book. Mapping wasn't really a common practice back then in the social sciences--this is actually a pretty impressive/informative piece that we're lucky to have.

Jessica Thunstrom Nelson
Jessica Thunstrom Nelson

Read Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront for more insight. The city was, indeed, zoned by race and class.

doone.dooner
doone.dooner

Once again Aaron Rupar showing his shitty "journalism skills" on CP. 

Anthony Christensen
Anthony Christensen

How is this racist? Negro was a term well used at the time. Honestly I think this might be the doing of the Democrats and there "racist" witch hunt. Wake up people. Divide and Concur anybody remember this good ol' strategy? Remember everyone together we stand divided we fall.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

What kind of asshole still calls someone a "fag?"

kristoffer.r.tigue
kristoffer.r.tigue

The point is that this map from 80 years ago still resembles today's Twin Cities.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yet you're still here reading and commenting.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

"Here's the map, which overlays the original document with "Interstate Highways and selected modern landmarks" from 2012. ". Since you didn't read the original article I will also assume you didn't read the update. Everything you said would have been super relevant... If it wasn't completely misinformed.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Who, save you, decides where you will live? I have no say where others may live - no individual citizen does. If we did, then it is unlikely that any good neighborhood would turn into a bad one.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

But this segregation is voluntary. No one is forced to reside in any particular neighborhood, so what makes this a problem to be solved? Also, I like my own neighborhood, so how is this a problem for me? Why should I care? I am not trying to be difficult; mine are serious questions.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@doone.dooner And yet you're here everyday reading his articles and continuing to whine about them in your comments. 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Please learn English. Divide and Concur? Really? While you're at it, learn the difference between there, their, and they're. You're welcome! 

Reality__
Reality__

@senatortombstone The insinuation that this map is racist is because of the belief that segregation isn't voluntary. 


It is believed that Negroes (yes, I am going to use that term as it is the proper term to refer to this race of people. I would not refer to Asians as "yellow people" or Native Americans as "red people" so I am not going to refer to Negroes as "black" either. That's just as insulting as calling them "colored") are forced to live in poor neighborhoods because of the institutional racism that exists in this country which prevents them from upward mobility.


And you know what? That belief is correct.


One may argue that Negroes live in poverty and crime due to poor lifestyle choices such as dropping out of school, having babies with no means to support them, embracing the violent culture of rap music, getting involved with drugs, gangs, etc., etc. That may be true to an extent, but that's a small symptom of a much larger problem.


The racist policies of the "Great Society" of the 1960's created this monster. Prior to the Great Society, Negroes enjoyed a socioeconomic status almost to the same degree as their European counterparts. Were they equal? No. But the income disparity was no where near what it is today. It should also be pointed out that the typical Negro family back then was a tightly enclosed unit and very religious. Even if you don't believe in religion, by today's standards, they would have been considered the ideal family--more so than even the European Americans at the time.


The Great Society undermined this family unit by rewarding single-motherhood and promoting government dependence. They were lied to by the government with promises of prosperity in exchange for a vote. They fell for it. The Negro family dissolved as it was once known, the Negro male became irrelevant as he had no purpose anymore. He left the workforce and became involved in crime and gangs (this began in earnest in the 1970's when the policies of the Great Society had begun to manifest itself). For what reason should he work for a living when the women he impregnated can just live on Government assistance and get free housing, food, and health insurance, among other things? It turned into an ugly downward spiral, with only a few Negroes, namely those such as Malcolm X, who realized what these policies were doing to their own communities. But as the crime and poverty grew, so did the need for government dependence. If the Great Society policies worked as they were supposed to, American Negros should be enjoying prosperity as never before. Yet, the opposite happened.


And so here we are today and the plight of the American Negro is still dismal. While violent crime is down overall in the U.S., it is at record high levels in communities with large Negro populations (Even here in Minneapolis, which has a very small Negro population, 100% of the murder victims so far these year have been Negro and there is a 100% chance that the people who killed them were Negro also, if they ever get caught). Single-motherhood in Negro communities is higher than of any other race. The income disparities speak for themselves.


In conclusion, for those of you who think that institutional racism doesn't exist, you are fooling yourselves. In fact, the institution that is most racist is not private corporations nor academia......It is the Government.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

While it's not surprising that you clearly fail to understand correlative circumstances and events , it is surprising that you have come up with such a genius idea as choose not to be poor so you can choose not to live in a shitty neighborhood. I'm gonna start spreading the word immediately. To answer the second part of your asinine post: the reason you should care about things like poverty, institutionalize racism, poverty based lack of choice, etc. is because that is American. You see, we as a country have veered down the path of greedy self interest at all cost. We have bastardized the American dream to the point that most Americans will never experience it. When everyone starts worrying about their own self interest without concern for the community at large, we break down as a nation.

doone.dooner
doone.dooner

@MNjoe @doone.dooner Oh dear, it seems you must have me confused with someone else as I've only actually ever commented maybe 3 times on ANY article (this being the 4th) so A:Every day? No. singular proof being it's taken me 4 days to even check my phone or any form of communication. B: Whining? No. I stated my opinion and I'm hardly whining in my comment(s?) 


Well done though. *golf clap*

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MNjoe "It isn't what you say, it's the characters you use to express it."- MNjoe 

You suck at everything you do.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

I disagree. Can you cite any examples in which blacks with the means to move into a quality neighborhood were told: "you can only move into a ghetto or section-8?"

The government is falling head over heels to give blacks every advantage possible - and this comes mostly at the expense of white taxpayers.

While I definitely think that the government enables the lowest common denominator - of all races - the lowest common denominator can still choose to not be enabled. No one is forced to disregard their education, their future, the law, or the rights of others. Those that do are alone responsible for the consequences of their actions.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@Drewey Keep dreaming, dork. Only a completely clueless person who's never actually lived would say such things and mean them.

senatortombstone
senatortombstone

Actually, I think it would take a genius to think of compelling reasons to convince oneself of how poor non-whites are never responsible for their poverty and how they constant victims of an unending calamitous concatenation of racism, hatred, bigotry, and discrimination.

I am not culpable for the failures of anyone. I am not responsible for anyone's success.

Neighborhoods are the aggregation of the culture, beliefs, values, and behaviors of the residents of said neighborhoods. The people make a neighborhood what it is.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@doone.dooner Yes, you're right. I guess I confused you with several other whiners who complain about Rupar's "journalism skills" yet read and comment on his work. Please share with us where your better-written and researched articles are at - we'd love to read them. Otherwise, STFU.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran @MNjoe Ming - a man born too late - I'll bet you wish you could've lived in more racist times and not be the social pariah that you are today. I also like how you defend stupidity - in fact, you do it with almost every comment, Bwahahahaha!

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran @Drewey Another classic comeback by racist Ming. When you back Ming into a corner with intelligent arguments and facts, he whines and calls names like a young child. But then, that's all he has.

doone.dooner
doone.dooner

@MNjoe @doone.dooner Oh dear lord you are an angry little fellow aren't you. Don't get your knickers too far in a knot ducky, your intelligence might show. Thanks for the chortle though....

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@doone.dooner @MNjoe Not angry at all - irritated by trolls like yourself - yes. P.S. You forgot to include the link to some non-shitty stuff that you've written. Or do you just troll? 

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