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Walk away from bad customer service

Walk away from bad customer service

After 19 years, most of them as a satisfied customer, I am closing my personal checking account this week at Citibank. I am closing my account not because I was lured away with an incredibly attractive offer from one of its competitors. Rather, I am walking away from Citi because of bad customer service. When […]

Progress in baseball came with a cost

Progress in baseball came with a cost

Anyone who has followed my columns knows that about this time of the year I normally write something about the commencement of the baseball season. More often than not, I write about the late Curt Flood and the late Marvin Miller. Well, guess what? It is the beginning of the baseball season and, yes, you […]

Time to end mass incarceration

Time to end mass incarceration

Mass incarceration in the United States is counterproductive and disproportionately causes a long-term injury to Black Americans and others who remain trapped in poverty and disillusionment. How is it that the richest nation on earth and the most technologically advanced society now has the largest prison population in the world? Michelle Alexander’s brilliant best-selling book, The […]

Free speech hypocrisy

Free speech hypocrisy

This winter the media’s been ablaze with stories about racist, homophobic and sexist slurs being hurled this way and that by college students and other adults. Revealingly, those that have captured the most attention all involve Black Americans as the targets of the racist speech or action: the members of the University of Oklahoma chapter […]

Mr. Wade and the ‘first family of the housing projects’

Mr. Wade and the ‘first family of the housing projects’

Approximately three weeks ago, I suffered a mild heart attack. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Robert T. Wade, a longtime family friend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., died at the age of 94. Against the advice of close friends and even some relatives, I attended his funeral last Saturday. To appreciate why I was determined to attend Mr. Wade’s funeral, you […]

Young, gifted, Black and abused

Young, gifted, Black and abused

WALTER FIELDS NNPA COLUMNIST In the course of one week we witnessed the burden of being young, gifted and Black. First, the Little League baseball Phenom Mo’ne Davis was insulted by a White college baseball player who called the abundantly talented young girl a ‘slut’ in a Tweet in response to news that Disney was […]

The push to eliminate predatory lending

The push to eliminate predatory lending

In the aftermath of a letter signed by 500 consumer advocates from all 50 states, an unprecedented push for reining in abusive small-dollar, high-cost loans has engaged the White House and Capitol Hill. When an increasing number of Americans are striving to keep their financial houses in order, eliminating predatory lending is making news. Harms […]

Caught between Barack and a hard place

Caught between Barack and a hard place

The experiment that featured a Black man in the White house is on the downside now. Folks in the Obama administration are busy looking for their next job and jumping ship faster than rats. But you can’t blame them; that’s the way it is in politics. You ride your horse as long as you can […]

93 million prepaid cardholders are unprotected

93 million prepaid cardholders are unprotected

When it comes to financial services, many consumers are surprised by the range of fees attached to their transactions. From mortgages to checking accounts, credit cards and more, regulations for these products establish the ‘rules of the road ’for consumers and creditors alike. Yet, one financial product with growing popularity has no comparable consumer protection: […]

Why I didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day

Why I didn’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has its rituals, but one that is not considered is any discussion of race. Having grown up in the Northeast, I am used to the St. Patrick’s Day parades, the celebration of Ireland, and, sometimes, the demand for a united Ireland. What is generally missing from discussions during this time period is […]