Posted on August 26, 2022

Dallas Acknowledges Racist History With Racial Equity Resolution

Tasha Tsiaperas, Axios, August 25, 2022

Dallas has approved a resolution acknowledging the city’s racist past and promising to invest in solutions to make all communities equitable.

{snip} People of color in Dallas have a shorter life expectancy, earn less than the city’s white residents and are less likely to own a home.

  • The plan aims to shrink that gap.

The big picture: The racial equity plan calls for increasing loan opportunities for minority-owned businesses, eliminating industrial zoning in residential neighborhoods, spreading affordable housing throughout the city and improving sidewalks in southern Dallas ZIP codes with poor infrastructure.

Yes, but: Cara Mendelsohn was the only council member to vote against adopting the plan, saying the city should already be providing the functions promised in the resolution and council should only commit to subsidizing development in southern Dallas.