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President and Congress roll back anti-discriminatory auto lending guidance : What’s next for consumers?

Despite federal laws addressing discrimination in housing, credit and more, President Donald Trump signed May 21, a rollback of an anti-discrimination guidance affecting auto lending. The presidential signature also marked the first time that a policy that had been in ...

Democrats can’t turn states blue without Black voters

In November, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be up for grabs, making this one of the most crucial midterm elections in recent memory. Thirty-three ...

Athletes expected to shut up and play ball

The accusation from the president of this nation that the Black athletes who have chosen to kneel to protest racism marks a disrespect for the flag is as ludicrous and ignorant as it is wrong, and the decision of the ...

Before Meghan, the ancestry of another royal influenced the world

“Descended from the warlike Vandal race, She still preserves that title in her face. Tho’ shone their triumphs o’er Numidia’s plain, And and Alusian fields their name retain; They but subdued the southern world with arms, She conquers still with ...

California’s chance to lead for poor children

When I was a young civil rights lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in Mississippi, I was called in 1967 to testify before Congress about the embattled Head Start program in Mississippi that was serving thousands of children after ...

Redlining settlement fails to provide strong penalties

For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees ...

Teens should be routinely screened for depression

When you take your 15-year-old son for a physical exam, the pediatrician goes through a standard procedure – checks his weight, measures his height and takes his blood pressure. But typically, he will not be asked about his mood or ...

A look at the presidential pardons

The current president, who said during his campaign that he was the “law and order” candidate, has shown and is showing that his concept of the same is far off the beaten path. Or is it?

Black entertainment trailblazer: The legacy of Debra Lee

If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm, African American politician and activist, 1924–2005

Remembering the courageous Dovey Johnson Roundtree

When Dovey Johnson Roundtree died May 21 at age 104, our nation lost another far too unknown extraordinary groundbreaking Black woman leader. During World War II, she was part of the first cohort of Black women admitted to the Women’s ...

Help us keep Dr. King’s promise

“In a few weeks … we are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of ...

Diane Nash: Civil rights icon celebrates her 80th birthday

She would not be moved. I felt my voice go up another decibel and another decibel and soon I was shouting. ‘Young woman, do you understand what you’re doing? You’re going to get somebody killed!’ And there’s a pause, and ...

Counterfactual textbooks hurt our children

On April 19, an eighth-grade American history assignment was shared with the public that required students at a public charter school in San Antonio to list the “positive aspects” of slavery. The assignment was an activity found in one of ...

A need for jobs and justice in our community

During a recent press conference held in the nation’s capital, I joined my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in proclaiming the need for jobs and justice for members of our nation’s African American community, and for all of others ...

‘Thingification’ running roughshod over decency

This week, the president of this nation – a White man who seems so glued to his Whiteness that he cannot move without it making itself known and heard – called a group of people “animals.”

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