Across Colors

5: A 1930s Redlining Map of ‘Mexicans’ and ‘Negroes’

Episode Summary

Like many cities in the United States, housing in San Antonio, Texas has a history of racial segregation. It's called ‘redlining” for the red lines that realtors drew on maps denoting which communities were largely white and which were largely Black or Brown.   Over time redlining has kept low income students, mostly of color, in low performing schools. While their more affluent white neighbors have had access to better performing schools. Tanzina digs into how San Antonio’s history of redlining plays out in education, and what role the San Antonio Independent School District is playing in trying to blur those lines.

Episode Notes


Inga  Cotton, founder of San Antonio Charter Moms.
Geremy Landin, a graduate of the San Antonio Independent School District and the Historical Commissioner for Bexar County.

Host: Tanzina Vega
Producers: Maureen Kelleher and Ikhlas Saleem

Editing & Sound Design: Ikhlas Saleem 
Original Music: Ayanna Jacobs-El