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A Message from Mapping Prejudice

Thank you to educators

Here at Mapping Prejudice we want to recognize the work of educators during this time of uncertainty. That’s why we’ve decided to dedicate this edition of our newsletter to teachers and educators. We are grateful for your commitment and support.  In this edition you will find a blog post discussing approaches to teaching about racial covenants to high school students, read about how one of our volunteers uses our project in her classroom, and find news sources and links that can be used for teaching and discussions.

For more information on how to use our research in the classroom, be sure to check out our Educator’s Guide here.


November Blog Post

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Notes on Pedagogy and Community Engagement:
What's a deed anyway?

Engagement with students and community members offers a window into the challenges and opportunities inherent in a project that seeks to engage a wide variety of audiences. The act of meeting people where they're at is not only a pedagogical challenge; it is also an opportunity for us as "experts" to think about our research in new ways. Read about ways Mapping Prejudice has taken this approach in the classroom.


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Health in all Matters Podcast: Season 2, Episode 2

The Health in all Matters podcast talked with Mapping Prejudice co-founder Kirsten Delegard about the continuing consequences of racist housing practices and the impact on health. Racial covenants, redlining, urban renewal, and gentrification have contributed to serial forced displacement of BIPOC individuals and communities. In turn BIPOC individuals and communities are less likely to live in an environment that promotes health and well-being. In light of COVID-19 it has been evidenced that BIPOC communities living in previously redlined areas are at a higher risk of fatally contracting COVID-19. If you’re a teacher, high school or college student, visit for sample discussion questions.

Racial Covenants in Minneapolis and Current Discussions on Racial Injustice

The Minnesota Reformer had the opportunity to interview Mapping Prejudice co-founder, Kirsten Delegard. Her interview gives an overview of how the work that the project is doing is relevant to the present discussions on racial injustice in Minneapolis. Click here to read the interview.

New Laws making it Easier to Remove Racist Covenants

The Washington Post has published an article regarding new policies and laws that have been put in place across the country to address racial covenants. Though racial covenants have been illegal since the Fair Housing Act of 1968, many property deed records still contain racist language. Multiple states have introduced new policies and laws that will allow homeowners to remove racial covenants from their property deeds.

Upcoming Events

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New Volunteer Transcription Sessions: Ongoing

Teachers and students can join the effort to identify racial covenants in Ramsey County. Start by watching this training video. Then join Maggie Mills and Penny Petersen for one of our new volunteer sessions. Penny and Maggie are working with the “Welcoming the Dear Neighbor” team from St. Catherine’s University to create a collaborative online space to continue the work that we started in Hennepin County. Register for one of these events and then spend an hour learning from project leaders about how you can contribute to this important effort. 

Find links to register for all of our upcoming events on our website.

Activist/Volunteer Spotlight

Kari Rise: Bringing Mapping Prejudice into the Classroom
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When you think of high school geography classes, social justice issues usually aren’t the first thing to come to mind. For Kari Rise, however, social justice issues and geography are intrinsically linked. Kari is an IB geography teacher and Highland High School, and for the past 15 years her IB students have been conducting original fieldwork in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. But as with so many of us, COVID-19 forced Kari to find a new fieldwork project that could be done virtually. After the murder of George Floyd, dicussions with her students illuminated their desire to create change. That’s when she found Mapping Prejudice. Thrilled at the virtual opportunities and educator resources, Kari jumped at the chance to incorporate Mapping Prejudice’s project materials into her student’s fieldwork project. She believes that looking at Mapping Prejudice’s maps and looking at patterns of restrictive housing practices in South Minneapolis will help to highlight the pattern of racial unrest and inequality. Lastly, Kari believes the work Mapping Prejudice is doing is important at exposing “the invisible hand of systematic racism”, and starting conversation about poverty, wealth, and housing discrimination in the Twin Cities.


Mapping Prejudice by the Numbers

Our volunteers are incredible! We are transcribing thousands of deeds each day. So far we have completed more than 181,005 of 248,020 deed transcriptions necessary to map covenants in Ramsey County. This means we are 73% complete! If our 5,245 rockstar volunteers continue working at their current pace, we will finish Ramsey County transcriptions in 99 days!

 This image shows our progress. 181,005 of 248,020 deed transcriptions have been completed since the start of Ramsey County. This means we are 73% done with Ramsey County transcriptions. We have 5,245 rockstar volunteers! If our volunteers continue working at their current pace, we will finish Ramsey County transcriptions in 99 days!

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