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In Bland’s death, questions must be answered

In Bland’s death, questions must be answered

The questions left by the death of Sandra Bland are too unsettling to fully express. Living under the shadow of violent executions of Black people, I join the declaration that Black Lives Matter. As a Black woman, I’m angered by the feeble assertion by the Waller County Sheriff’s Department that Sandra’s death was self-inflicted. I’m […]

Car dealers charge Blacks exorbitant interest rates

Car dealers charge Blacks exorbitant interest rates

Car lending is on the rise, and rising with it is a hidden, unfair, abusive and discriminatory practice: car dealer interest rate markups. Surveys show that at least two-thirds of Americans have no idea it happens. Dealer interest rate mark-up is the practice of adding extra interest to a consumer’s loan–dealers pocket this difference as compensation. How does […]

US export bank subsidizes Fortune 100

US export bank subsidizes Fortune 100

Capital access is the lifeblood of business growth and job creation. As the president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, it is assumed that I would support all avenues of capital access. However, I have big doubts about one such vehicle. The Export-Import (EX-IM) Bank is a government-owned organization that was started by President […]

Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

Release low-level, nonviolent drug offenders

Jerry Alan Bailey was sentenced to more than 30 years in federal prison for conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. Shauna Barry-Scott was sentenced to 20 years for having cocaine in her possession and intending to distribute it. Jerome Wayne Johnson grew marijuana plants and was charged with intending to distribute marijuana. He was sentenced […]

Tear down the walls of economic inequality

Tear down the walls of economic inequality

After a spirited debate, the South Carolina House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouse grounds at the urging of Gov. Nikki Haley, who quickly signed the measure into law. The flag was lowered for the final time on Capitol grounds last week. Many South Carolinians hailed its ceremonious removal […]

Congress urges action against payday lenders

Congress urges action against payday lenders

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will provide $32 million in relief to consumers who were caught in a maze of charges and fees designed to trap them in payday loans they never authorized. The enforcement action, announced July 7, affects two lenders based in Kansas City, Mo., who operated as many as 16 different businesses […]

Beyond Confederate flag symbolism

Beyond Confederate flag symbolism

The debate in connection with the flags of the former Confederate States of America (CSA) has unleashed a badly-needed debate about U.S. history. As many commentators are noting, for the first time in a long time we are not just discussing whether the flags of the Confederacy offend us. We are starting to really delve […]

The more Trump is attacked, the stronger he gets

The more Trump is attacked, the stronger he gets

It is no coincidence that two of the top three Republican candidates right now are non-politicians. The American people are becoming frustrated in the typical career politician. Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson are blazing a trail in most states and they haven’t even gotten into full gear. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) isn’t that […]

What do we do after Charleston?

What do we do after Charleston?

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great-grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather, I have been told, was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than in the aftermath of the terroristic murders of nine Black Christians […]

Supreme Court preserves fair housing tool

Supreme Court preserves fair housing tool

A long-awaited decision by the United States Supreme Court led to a June 25 ruling that preserves the usage of “disparate impact,” an important legal principle sometimes known as the “discriminatory effects” standard. The majority opinion held that housing discrimination under the nation’s 1968 Fair Housing Act (FHA) occurs by effect – as well as […]