Here in Northeast Florida, racist road builders skipped any access to West Augustine from I-95 while destroying Jacksonville's thriving LaVilla community.
Here in St. Augustine, Realtors refused to sell property to African-American buyers (even for cash in 2004 from a Justice Department retiree, who in 2008 was elected to County Commission (J. Kenneth Bryan). And white police officers under the ancien régime once quizzed residents about why they were living or visiting Lincolnville.
Ending redlining resonates with me. I was so proud when my father was told by NAACP that he was the only Realtor in South Jersey who would show a home in West Berlin, N.J., to an African-American couple. I treasure the day in 1977 when my friend, Ed McElwain, and I watched the U.S. Senate pass the Community Reinvestment Act (Proximire Amendment) by one vote in 1977 as a 20 and 22 year old legislative research assistants making recommendations on housing policy to Democratic Senators Jim Sasser and Gary Hart, respectively.
The amendment passed.
By one vote.
Decisions are made by people who show up.