Recent in-depth coverage from the Denver Post highlighted Colorado’s own tragic legacy of segregation, redlining, violence, and government-backed systematic racism. Countless so-called “sundown” towns dotted the state where Black Americans faced everything from being turned away at restaurants and hotels to the threat of violence.
It’s true that Colorado wasn’t a slave state–although slavery wasn’t abolished from the state constitution till 2018– but it’s also true that our state fell far, far short of its promise. This dark and shameful part of our state’s history is something that many children won’t learn about in school and unfortunately that many Colorado residents, outside of the state’s Black community, are blissfully ignorant of.
Read the full story here.