As Richmond and other localities continue to grapple with struggling schools and a lack of affordable housing, a symposium at VCU’s Wilder School Wednesday night (10/3) will examine the public’s role in shaping policies around housing and education.
“It is not good, but it's not new.,” said Former Governor Doug Wilder. He says it’s important to educate the public about past policies, like segregated schools and redlining. “We talk about housing and education policy today as if it was at sometime right. It never has been right, anywhere in the country, for all of America’s people.”
Wilder encourages the public and policy makers to ask, why hasn’t it been right? “And what have we done specifically to make sure those things don’t reoccur or should not be continuing.”
Wednesday’s symposium features VCU experts who research continuing segregation of schools, affordable housing and evictions, along with labor and education experts who served in the Obama Administration.