How Urban Policy Shapes Systemic Racism

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers set off nationwide protests and conversations about the systemic racism prevalent in the United States. Protesters confront topics like the militarization of police, representation in local and national government, and widespread racist attitudes. However, urban planning and development’s history in these factors has passed rather unnoticed in this national conversation, and forgetting such an impactful aspect of systemic racism could bring unintended consequences from our proposed solutions.