Aired: October 3, 2009

The History of “White Flight”

signsWhen Virginia’s fight against integration of the public schools failed, white families moved out of cities in droves and left behind social and physical scars that are still felt today.  Renee Hill (Virginia State University) and John Moeser (University of Richmond) discuss the history of “white flight” and its effect today on Richmond, Virginia, the former capital of the confederacy.

Also: The home foreclosure crisis is driving more and more Americans out of their homes. Many of them were long time renters who only recently-and briefly-had a piece of the American dream of home ownership.   Leslie Martin (University of Mary Washington) says the government has pushed home ownership for years, but maybe it’s time to rethink that policy.


Want to dig deeper? Explore Encyclopedia Virginia:

Desegregation in Public Schools


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