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People march while commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. King was assassinated April 4, 1968, while in Memphis supporting striking sanitation workers. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated. But the racist housing and policing policies he was fighting are still with us.

In 1968, Esquire spoke with James Baldwin about possible solutions to racial tensions in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination. It was a wide-ranging discussion, but it often gravitated towards the issues of housing and policing—two longstanding challenges that have historically obstructed African Americans’ paths toward economic mobility and empowerment in the United States. Asked about low-income housing development, the acclaimed novelist said he didn’t want any more housing projects built in Harlem.

Source: On Housing and Policing, 2018 Was 1968 Again – CityLab