Anthony Ceja

Redlining is a practice of surveillance that is considered unethical and puts services such as loans and healthcare out of the grasp of residents of areas that were deemed low quality based on race or ethnicity. Redlining has been used in many large cities, to create divisions based on the communities and the type of people living in various sections of the city (Gaspaire). This concept connects to surveillance because redlined areas often have more police surveillance and fewer governmental services.

An example redlining would is the historic lending practices in Omaha, NE. Omaha’s historic redlining map shows how the city was divided into sections rated A-D, with A being the more favorable parts of the city, and D being the least favorable. The areas sectioned off as D were the only palces where minority populations were allowed to live (Fletcher, 2017). Though redlining is now illegal, its impact over decades is so strong that Omaha (and many other redlined cities) remain extremely segregated.


Fletcher, A. (2017). A history of redlining in Omaha. North Omaha history. Retrieved from https://northomahahistory.com/2015/08/02/a-history-of-red-lining-in-north-omaha/

Gaspaire, B. (n.d.). Redlining. Black past: Remembered and reclaimed. Retrieved from https://blackpast.org/aah/redlining-1937


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