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New Orleans CBS affiliate showcases book from UW-Madison’s Stern

July 23, 2019

New Orleans CBS affiliate, WWL-TV, showcased “Education in New Orleans: Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960,” a 2018 book authored by UW-Madison’s Walter Stern.

Stern is a historian of education and an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. His work explains how cities, such as New Orleans, have historically allocated resources and protections disproportionately to white communities, and these practices continue today despite anti-discrimination laws.

Walter Stern
Walter Stern speaks with the CBS affiliate in New Orleans,
WWL-TV, about his book, "Education in New Orleans:
Creating the Segregated City, 1764-1960."
Appearing on WWL-TV's "Sheba’s Shelf" segment, Stern says: “The book is really about the creation of segregation, the creation of institutionalization of white supremacy, and the subordination of African-Americans. And that process took a lot of work.” 

Growing up in New Orleans, Stern explains that it was evident to him at a young age that the city was segregated. According to Stern, schools had a strong hand in shaping the racial order and urban landscape of New Orleans.

In his book, Stern uncovers a deeper story of lasting racial inequality.

“One thing I hope people take away from my book and the broader history of racial inequality and segregation is that it’s not simply a story that belongs in the past," says Stern. "The repercussions continue to the present day. You look at health disparities between black and white individuals."

Watch the WWL-TV segment here.


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