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

If election is ‘rigged,’ it isn’t against Trump

Donald Trump, falling behind in the polls with his campaign imploding around him, now says the election is “rigged.” He refuses to say whether he will accept the verdict of the voters.

Racial gaps in student debt grows, enrollment climbs

With 44 million consumers owing about $1.4 trillion in student loans, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that student loan servicing and debt collection together will boost borrower costs even higher over the next two years.

Black America’s elusive dream of homeownership

In recent weeks, a spate of news coverage has referred to America’s “inner cities.” Some may even interpret it as a new code word for minorities, usually referring to Blacks and Latinos.

Buy Black, Bank Black national campaigns

The advent of initiatives throughout this country to “Buy Black” and “Bank Black” can be traced back to the early 1900s, during which time campaigns similar to today’s efforts were established. Slogans such as “Double-Duty Dollars” and “Don’t shop where ...

Counting, celebrating my blessings at age 75 … and counting

Blessed are those who plant seeds in the faith that others might enjoy the forest. Last Saturday was my 75th birthday. I have been blessed to see how many of the seeds we planted have taken root and turned to ...

CBC join House colleagues in call for strong payday rule

Within days of the Oct. 7 deadline for public comment on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed payday rule, 104 Members of Congress from 32 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands together called for strong consumer protections ...

Beyond the banter: More than just boys being boys

It has been quite interesting, listening to people, male and female, mostly White but some Black as well, defend Donald Trump in light of the latest controversy swirling around him: his conversation with Billy Bush in 2005 about some of ...

Advancing diversity in law enforcement

“Recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should strive to create a workforce that contains a broad range of diversity including race, gender, language, life experience, and cultural background to improve understanding and effectiveness in dealing with all communities. During these trying times ...

Do your part: March to the polls, vote

“I was beaten, left bloody [and] unconscious so that every person could register and vote. Do your part.” – Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia

New museum is a stunning national achievement

Demonstrations continue in Charlotte, North Carolina, and protests have spread to Atlanta and elsewhere, sparked most recently by the police killing of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte. Against that backdrop, I joined thousands for ...