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The value of HBCUs –  Part II

The value of HBCUs – Part II

With specific emphasis on Howard University, let’s consider a few solutions to the challenges HBCUs face. There are some who say HBCUs are irrelevant and no longer necessary because we are living in a “post-racial” society, mainly because a Black man was elected president of the U.S. You’ve heard it: He who defines you also […]

Free Press distorts Black TV ownership

Free Press distorts Black TV ownership

Over the past few months there have been several news stories about no Blacks owning major broadcast TV stations anymore. The cries have bordered on mass hysteria. It turns out that the story is not true. Most of this hysteria in the media has been created by Free Press, a White, liberal advocacy group. According […]

Blacks have more reasons to be fearful than Whites

Blacks have more reasons to be fearful than Whites

In the years after enslavement, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No White “owned” a Black person, but many Whites behaved as if they did. Theoretically, Blacks were free to come and go as they pleased, but if they went to the wrong store, sat in the wrong […]

Another Florida man gets away with murder

Another Florida man gets away with murder

As we approach the second anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s murder on Sanford, Fla., justice again has been shortchanged in the Sunshine State. Last Saturday, a hung jury could not decide whether Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old White computer programmer, was guilty of murdering Jordan Davis by fatally shooting him in the chest groin. According to court […]

The GOP accommodates evil

The GOP accommodates evil

Just when, six years in to the Obama presidency, I think I’m hardened to the deranged anti-Obama rants of conservatives and Republican Party officials, I’ve been reminded that the cesspool of bigotry is bottomless. And that there are always people out there willing to splash around in the filth. One example of this maxim occurred […]

Black History Month: Needed now more than ever

Black History Month: Needed now more than ever

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.” – Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture Ever since the 2009 election of Barack Obama as America’s first Black president and the […]

Rebuilding wealth lost during Great Recession

Rebuilding wealth lost during Great Recession

February, Black History Month, is usually a time when communities and organizations honor the achievements of our forefathers. But this year, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and key allies chose February to convene a symposium that addressed communities of color and consumer financial services. Co-convening organizations with CRL were the Joint Center for Political […]

A knockout punch for Zimmerman

A knockout punch for Zimmerman

Had he not massacred Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average White man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar, and aspiring for a law enforcement job. He and his wife would probably be divorcing (as they are now) on account of his brutality (she cites his beatings in her divorce proceedings). […]

Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments last week about not caring about “diversity” in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country. Seinfeld was on CBS This Morning being interviewed about his Internet-based show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Seinfeld has been criticized in the past, […]

Consumers of color pay more for dealer-financed loans

Consumers of color pay more for dealer-financed loans

New research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) finds that consumers of color still report paying higher interest rates on dealer-financed car loans than other consumers. This disparity is even more disturbing given that Black and Latino consumers report making more of an effort than Whites to negotiate their interest rates.  Thirty-nine percent of […]