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How decades of discrimination doomed Fresno during the pandemic

In Fresno, California, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified damage caused by decades of discriminatory housing practices. Residents of its poorest neighborhoods, mostly people of color, face eviction at a higher rate than their white neighbors.
1 Feb 2021 – 05:33 PM EST
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One of President Biden's first executive orders was to push back the CDC's federal moratorium on evictions to March.

Studies show as many as 40 million renters could be at risk of getting evicted, during a time when the covid-19 pandemic makes sheltering in place a top health priority.

Retro Report looked at one town in California's Central Valley, Fresno, to consider how the coronavirus pandemic has magnified damage caused by decades of discriminatory housing practices.

Residents of its poorest neighborhoods, mostly people of color, face eviction at a higher rate than their white neighbors.

Click below to watch this video produced by Retro Report:


This video was produced by Retro Report with support from the Pulitzer Center, The James Irvine Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retro Report is a nonprofit news organization exploring the history and context behind today’s headlines. To watch more, subscribe to the Retro Report newsletter and follow Retro Report on YouTube and Twitter.

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