A recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program took a look at the history of racial discrimination in home loans.
In an article for the Journal of Urban History, Woods chronicled the Federal Home Loan Bank Board’s discriminatory practices from 1921 to 1950.
Woods asserts that the agency’s methods considered neighborhood demographics a huge factor in assessing property values. The effect was to label entire residential areas as bad loan risks because the inhabitants, usually minorities, were considered “undesirable.”
Even middle-class neighborhoods surrounding historically black colleges and universities received lower assessments by comparison to middle-class neighborhoods surrounding predominantly white institutions, said Woods.
Video from the interview is available below.
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