Black Women Locked Out


Emerging research from Milwaukee

shows that eviction may be to black women what incarceration is to black men. Currently, about 10 percent of black men in America are behind bars. What's happening to the wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters back home? They're being evicted from their apartments.

One in 20 households are evicted every year. In predominately black communities, the rate doubles to one in ten families. In poor communities eviction is a common struggle.

"Eviction is probably the most under-studied process affecting the lives of the urban poor," said Matt Desmond told website True/Slant. Desmond is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researched the issue by living in the communities that suffered the greatest.

And, it gets worse: "We know nothing about it," he adds...