Robert C. Weaver
(speaker)New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y. : 1919-1997)
February 27 1964
Robert C. Weaver discusses his work as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He gives historical context to the impact of the Great Migration, beginning in 1910, and population shifts in northern urban centers. Weaver describes the prevalence of female-headed households in urban African-American households, and emphasizes the importance of a living wage as a pathway to financial stability. Weaver discusses class stratification within the African-American demographic, specifically as it relates to home ownership and mortgage financing (e.g., redlining); he also describes New York’s fair housing legislation and its mechanisms for the enforcement thereof. He mentions the writings of Eli Ginzburg and E. Franklin Frazier. He also describes the living conditions and general climate faced by Puerto Ricans and Mexican-Americans. During the question and answer period, Weaver emphasizes that poverty and socio-economic inequality is an issue that is not specific to race, and discusses white flight, federally-subsidized housing, and housing quotas in urban areas.
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