It’s 2020 but banks’ redlining practices still stifle southern Dallas

By |Published On: November 22, 2020|Categories: South Dallas|

Tonight, WFAA airs a story that reporter David Schechter spent months investigating — whether and how banks are still redlining southern Dallas neighborhoods.

The story, “Banking below 30,” features Skyline Ranch owner Robert Pitre and Southern Dallas Progress president James McGee. The two tell Schechter that racist loan practices, sanctioned by the government in the 1940s, continue today, keeping Dallas’ Black and Latinx residents from obtaining mortgage loans to buy a house or small business loans to launch an enterprise.

Their stories are underscored by Schechter and his team’s reporting, showing that several Dallas banks actually draw maps that carve out certain Dallas neighborhoods, especially those below I-30.

Watch WFAA’s investigative report then join Schechter, Dallas Free Press and our South Dallas media partner the Dallas Weekly in a #bankingbelow30 Twitter conversation after the story airs tonight, Nov. 22, at 10 p.m.

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About the Author: Keri Mitchell

Keri Mitchell has spent 20+ years as a community journalist, including 15 years dedicated to community and civic journalism at Dallas’ Advocate magazines. She launched Dallas Free Press in early 2020 with the belief that all neighborhoods deserve reporting and storytelling that values their community and holds leaders accountable. Mitchell says she is energized by “knowing our work is making an impact — listening to people, telling their stories with strong narratives paired with compelling data that leads to change. I also love spending time in our neighborhoods and with our neighbors, learning from them and working to determine how journalism can be part of the solution to their challenges.” Mitchell is proud to be the winner of multiple awards during her journalism career including: Finalist in Magazine Feature Reporting (2018) and Finalist in Magazine Investigative Reporting (2017) from Hugh Aynesworth Excellence in Journalism, Best Feature Story (2011) from Texas Community Newspaper Association and Best Magazine Feature (2011) from Dallas Bar Association Philbin Awards.

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Founder + executive director

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