An excerpt from the summary of the book by the author. I’m sure the MSM will be all over this story so we don’t make the same mistakes again…right?
For all the ink that has been spilled about the mortgage crisis in America, there remains a secret that almost all the major media has ignored: for all the talk of unsold condos in South Florida and McMansions sitting empty in California, the epicenter of this crisis is really in urban and minority neighborhoods.
Why is this story being ignored? Simple. By identifying the epicenter of the crisis we can find the culprits who helped get us all in this mess in the first place.
Studies show that those hardest hit by the financial crisis are poor and minority neighborhoods. A massive study by the Boston Federal Reserve Bank looked and hundreds of thousands of mortgages and foreclosures and discovered that “in the current housing crisis foreclosures are highly concentrated in minority neighborhoods.” The study notes that this is a unique phenomenon, “even relative to past foreclosure booms.” The study found that those in poor and minority neighborhoods were seven times more likely to lose their homes to foreclosure that then general population.
Another study by the Pew Research Center has found the same thing. The study discovered that the most significant determinant of the rate of foreclosure was the “immigrant share of the population” and the “native-born Hispanic homeownership rate.” An analysis by the New York Times (one of the few media outlets who have picked up this story) echoed those findings. The paper discovered that in areas where default rates are at least double the national average, 85% of the neighborhoods are majority black and Latino. Minority mortgage holders had a foreclosure rate three and a half times higher than the national average.
This reality gives us evidence to find out who got us into this mess in the first place: housing activities and government officials who pushed for and got an aggressive affirmative-action lending program for home mortgages.