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U.S. cities offer displaced Black families the ‘right to return’

U.S. cities offer displaced Black families the ‘right to return’

CAREY L. BIRON THE way Robbie Jones sees it, the big infrastructure projects that reworked the face of her California hometown a half-century ago included a pointed message for minority communities. During the 1950s and 1960s, whole neighbourhoods in Santa Monica were forced to move to make way for what was called urban renewal projects, including a civic centre and freeway. "That whole community, predominantly African American residents, were uprooted, and their homes later ... burned to the ground," the 63-year-old activist and historian told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "To me, that was sending a message," she said,…
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