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History of Housing Discrimination Topic of Next ‘MTSU On the Record’


The next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program outlines how America’s tortured history of racial discrimination continues to ripple through society.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Louis Woods, an associate professor of history, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

In a paper published in “The Journal of African-American History,” Woods details the bureaucratic policies and U.S. Supreme Court decisions that made it almost impossible for blacks to get home loans between 1917 and 1960.

Another Woods paper, co-written with Mary Shaw-Ridley and Charlotte A. Woods for the journal “Health Promotion Practice,” makes the connection between systemic housing segregation and the deterioration of African-Americans’ physical and mental health.

“If you’re trying to intervene in communities that have very little wealth based largely on policies that they didn’t control, that happened before some of their grandparents were alive, but still resonate within their family and their conditions, it’s very difficult … to argue to them that they just need to walk more,” Woods said.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.