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The Billion Dollar March – revisited

In April 2005, I wrote an article titled Billion Dollar March at the behest of “The Ice Supreme Man,” Ashiki Taylor in Atlanta. The article was in reference to our penchant for marching when we are upset and then going ...

Respecting our elders, not a thing of the past

The fact that people live longer than ever should be celebrated as one of the biggest success stories in history. As the saying goes: “Getting old is better than the alternative.”

Repeated cycle of racism in the U.S. government

I have to be honest. America’s racism, White America’s refusal to acknowledge racism as a factor in nearly everything that happens here, makes me ache. Worse. It brings me to tears.

What if consumer financial protection goes away?

As Americans adjust to the realities wrought by the recent elections, one of the most important consequences has yet to be fully explored: the future of consumer financial protection.

Trump won the election, but White supremacy won’t win forever

I began election night with exuberance. I was among the many who forecast a Hillary win.

America faces a time for racial healing

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust … We must dissent ...

Bringing the country together for the sake of our children

“If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” – Carl Gustav Jung

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

“You know, it was pretty staggering. It put an end to essentially something that the Civil War was unable to end.” – Legal Defense Fund attorney Jack Greenberg, describing his reaction after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board ...

Keep moving forward on the path toward justice

“You know, it was pretty staggering. It put an end to essentially something that the Civil War was unable to end.” – Legal Defense Fund attorney Jack Greenberg, describing his reaction after the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board ...

Obama steadied nation in ‘interesting times’

“May you live in interesting times.” This curse, attributed tenuously to the Chinese, bespeaks a preference for order over change. We now live in interesting times, and Americans are hungering for change. Yet, surprisingly, President Barack Obama enjoys increasing popularity ...

Post-election clean up, disinfection

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies and maybe even found it ...

Even voting is at issue in this election

One of the more intriguing aspects of this unusual election year is the extent to which the underpinning of the election itself – voting – has become an issue in its own right. An act that we used to take ...

Joining forces to fight illegal national debt collection scheme

A new federal lawsuit alleges that since at least 2009, two major players in the debt collection industry have illegally operated, harassed, threatened and deceived millions of consumers across the country – often for debts that were either inflated or ...

Presidential election exposes America’s racist, sexist patriarchy to world

Just a few days before the corrosive 2016 election, it occurred to me that no matter what the outcome, our social fabric has been shredded by the ugliness of this campaign.

Policing by the numbers: Increasing transparency and building trust

“To continue in our current system without comprehensive data only stalls meaningful conversation and fuels empty debates, both within law enforcement and in the communities we serve.” – James B. Comey, FBI Director, Uniform Crime Reporting Program, 2014

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