Federal Lawsuit Challenges HUD to Enforce Fair Housing Rule
5/24/2018 3:38:14 PM

By Charlene Crowell In 1965 and as part of a visionary public policy strategy known as The Great Society, President Lyndon Johnson created a new cabinet level agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The agency became responsible for developing programs and crafting policies that would support urban America with decent housing, homeownership opportunities and more. Following enactment of the Fair Housing Act in 1968, HUD was further charged with its enforcement. But the current HUD Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson, appears to either not know, or willfully ignores the...

It Takes a Village: Closing the STEAM Gap Requires Early Education
5/24/2018 3:35:55 PM

By Rajoielle Register   We’re all familiar with the popular proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As a 21st century society, this still holds true, literally and figuratively. For non-millennials, who grew up in a vastly different era, there is a nostalgic mindset that a diverse community of inspiring people interacting with children has a positive and sustained life-changing impact on their development. By no means should this mean the village is responsible for raising your children, but we all have a stake in their development and success. Early...

Climate Change Is an Immediate, Not Long-term, Threat
5/24/2018 3:34:45 PM

By Hugh J. Sealy   Nearly 2 million Americans live within a mile of a highly polluted Superfund site that's at risk of flooding due to climate change. A flood at any of these 327 locations could spread toxic waste to the surrounding community, according to an Associated Press analysis. This report shows that climate change isn't just a long-term environmental challenge. It's also an urgent public health threat. Superfund sites are places -- such as old landfills and shuttered chemical plants -- that the Environmental Protection Agency has singled out for federal...

Honoring Birmingham’s Great Children’s Crusade Which Changed Our Nation
5/21/2018 8:08:05 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “Daddy,” the boy said, “I don't want to disobey you, but I have made my pledge. If you try to keep me home, I will sneak off. If you think I deserve to be punished for that, I'll just have to take the punishment. For, you see, I'm not doing this only because I want to be free. I'm doing it also because I want freedom for you and Mama, and I want it to come before you die.”   This teenage boy overheard talking to his father by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the many hundreds of Birmingham children...

Fighting Discrimination in the Housing Market Takes a Strong FHA
5/21/2018 8:04:31 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key opportunity to...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime
5/21/2018 7:59:53 AM

By Sandra Thompson, Esq.   On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I woke up excited, anticipating a round of golf at Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa. I was going to play with four ladies from “Sisters in the Fairway” (SITF), a group of about 15 professional, predominantly African American women in York County, Pa., who golf. SITF are women of various levels of expertise from beginner to advanced golfers. The group was formed in 2008 as a sisterhood of ladies who golfed with their husbands, many of whom were members of the York County Black Golfers Association. We appreciate...

Blacks Can’t Afford to Ignore Dental Health
5/21/2018 7:46:05 AM

By Julianne Malveaux While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) over the all children, provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.,” Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services were...

California Store Faces Suit Over No-Spanish Language Policy
5/10/2018 10:21:43 AM

SAN DIEGO—A grocery store in San Diego subjected Hispanic employees to harassment and a hostile work environment by implementing a no-Spanish language policy, federal officials said last week. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit alleging store managers at Albertsons publicly reprimanded Hispanic employees who were caught speaking Spanish. The workers were barred from speaking Spanish around non-Spanish speakers, even during breaks or when talking to Spanish-speaking customers, the lawsuit said. No action was taken despite employee complaints, causing...

Dr. James Cone
5/10/2018 10:17:35 AM

By Dr. Marian Wright Edelman   “The lynching tree interprets the cross. It keeps the cross out of the hands of those who are dominant. Nobody who is lynching anybody can understand the cross. That’s why it’s so important to place the cross and the lynching tree together, because the cross, or the crucifixion, was analogous to a first-century lynching. In fact, biblical scholars, when they want to describe what was happening to Jesus, many of them say it was a lynching. “And all I want to suggest is, if American Christians say they want to identify with...

Racial Mortgage Disparities Persist as Federal Housing Enforcement Lags
5/10/2018 10:14:13 AM

By Charlene Crowell   In the classic movie film, “Gone with the Wind,” the owner of the Tara plantation admonished his daughter for remarking that she didn’t care about her home. In a sharp rebuke, Gerald O-Hara declared that “land was the only thing worth living for, worth fighting for…worth dying for.” For the fictional O’Hara family, Tara was their home, and the source of the family’s wealth. Fast forward to the 21st Century, having a home remains a rock-solid route to building wealth that grows and becomes a key opportunity to...