The tragic impact of housing discrimination and its toleration and promotion by the federal government was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Louis Woods, an associate professor in the Department of History, first aired March 2 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org.
You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.
As part of the spring 2021 University Honors College lecture series, Woods delivered a presentation titled “Race and the Policy of Exclusion: Structural Racism and the Construction of Place” on Feb. 9.
Woods not only outlined specific housing laws and policies that have not been applied equally to people of color over the years. He explained various court decisions and policies that were designed to deny people of color opportunities to purchase their own homes, especially in white neighborhoods.
For example, the Homeowners Loan Corp., which the federal government created in the 1930s, drew maps with what it called “infiltration sections,” a term used to describe areas where “undesirables” were moving in and causing “a hazardous bank investment.”
The HLC described one predominantly Hispanic area of Los Angeles as welcoming to the infiltration of “goats, rabbits and dark-skinned babies.”
“They also described it as ‘a semi-tropical countryside slum,’ and they said it was like the Army mule,” Woods said. “It had ‘no pride of ancestry or hope of posterity.’”
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.