Reckoning with racism in Johnson County: An enduring struggle

This summer's nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd have sparked activism in mostly white Johnson County and forced some into a reckoning with the county's racist past.

Editor’s note

This is the final part of a three-part series examining Johnson County’s history of racist housing policies and the impact those policies still have on our community today. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

This is the third story in a three-part series examining Johnson County’s history of racial exclusion. Previously, we explored how prominent local figures like J.C. Nichols pioneered racially discriminatory housing policies to realize a hyper-segregated vision of Kansas City, some of the disastrous ramifications this continues to have on Black communities and some of the ultimately unsuccessful efforts by local activists in the decades since to remedy inequalities.