Aug 12 2013
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights regards the Right to Housing as an essential component of freedom. And, the US has long established itself as being a nation of homeowners.
Yet, for African Americans, the dream of home ownership has been a crucial part of the fight for equal rights. Despite overturning overtly segregationist housing policies, people of color, and Black Americans specifically, were among the worst victims of the recent housing crisis.
Even though more whites as a whole lost homes, African Americans are twice as likely as whites to be evicted and foreclosed on.
A new book by author Laura Gottesdiener called A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, chronicles the stories of four people who pursued their dreams of home ownership, and had those dreams dashed by the housing collapse.
Gottesdiener also however, tells us of the resistance of these four, and their vision for truly making housing a right that is accessible to all.
GUEST: Laura Gottesdiener, journalist and activist, and author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home, just published by Zucotti Park Press
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