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Wealth Gap

How the Banking and Credit System Exacerbate the Wealth Gap in Black Communities

Samantha Gregory is a personal finance blogger. When she was younger, she faced a financial reality that afflicts nearly 34 million Americans. “There was a period in my life when I was unbanked,” Gregory told...
DACA

Anti-DACA Argument Tries to Divide Immigrants and African-Americans

“It's a known fact that there are over 4 million unemployed Americans in the same age group as those that are DACA recipients; that over 950,000 of those are African Americans in the same...

Sidelined, Silenced: Unsigned Kaepernick Highlights Limits of Free Speech in Sports, Workplace

Discussions on why a National Football League team may or may not choose to draft or sign a player are typically not newsworthy enough to appear anywhere but the sports section. Occasionally, however, a...

Rethinking Removing Confederate Memorials: Why This May Not Work Out As Planned

In Virginia, emotions are running hot. Following the death of one and the injuring of 19 after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist protest in Charlottesville, the conversation...

How Guns, Poverty and Racism Led to Baltimore Being the Deadliest City in the...

Baltimore is in the midst of a record wave of gun violence. Following a recent call for a weekend ceasefire from August 5 to August 7 in response to the high rate of firearm...

Voting is Seen as a ‘Privilege’ Not a ‘Right’ As States Find New Ways...

Voting is seen as one of the most sacred rights bestowed to an American citizen. That right has been challenged or taken for granted, however, to an extent that less than half of all...

Is There a Debate to be Had on the Effectiveness of Raising the Minimum...

As of 2015, 42 percent of all American workers earned less than $15 per hour. This number constitutes 2.8 million cashiers, two million retail salespersons, 1.7 million cooks, 1.5 million nurses’ aides, and 1.4 million...

How Race and Money Stood In the Way of a Cure for Sickle Cell...

“When you get to be a person of my age, you know your triggers,” Raeshal Solomon of Nashville stated when talking about how she lives with sickle cell anemia. Solomon, 36, was diagnosed with...

In Response to Trump Black Millennials Are Seeking Office In Increased Numbers

A significant part of the coalition that elected Barack Obama twice to the presidency finds the new Trump administration to be illegitimate. A new poll found that 57 percent of all 18-to-30-years-old eligible voters, and two-thirds...

As Hate Crime Attacks Increase In the Trump Era, Underreporting Still Keeps the Extent...

The news has been filled with stories involving hate crimes. In Aspen, Colo., for example, a homeless man was charged with pulling a knife on a Black man while repeatedly yelling racial slurs. Reports...

Major Standford Study Finds Black Motorist Are Stopped, Ticketed, Searched, Arrested More Than Any...

The death of Philando Castile on July 6, 2016, shined an unflattering light on the issue of police stops. Castile, who was stopped 52 times for minor traffic violations prior to his deadly encounter,...

Lead and the Black Community: How The Flint Water Crises May Be Just the...

Water is essential for life. Without it, the average person would die after four days. In the aftermath of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, which saw 15 people die and more than 100,000 exposed to...

How Gentrification Is Undermining the Notion of Black Community and Destroying Black Businesses

For decades, Oakland has been the fount of Black culture in the West. The founding hub of the Black Panther Party and the hometown of Celtics great Bill Russell, former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson and...

Sex Trafficking’s True Victims: Why Are Our Black Girls/Women So Vulnerable?

Mimi Crown’s story is like millions of others that have been and are being told across America. At age 21, she was abducted and forced into sexual solicitation. “I had to ask permission to eat,...

Supreme Court Ruling On Ohio Voter Purge Will Have Long-Range Impact on Black Votes

The United States Supreme Court’s decision to review a challenge to Ohio’s voters roll purge policy brings the question of voter discrimination to the forefront again. In a case brought by Black trade unionist organization...

Should the Black Community Support Bill Cosby the Way it Supported New O.J. Simpson?

It has been nearly 22 years since former Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers running back-turned-actor O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in one of the most controversial and well-publicized trials in modern history....

Natural Hair Bias Is the Latest Tool Being Used to Criminalize Black Girls, Marginalize Black Women

In Malden, Mass., the long-simmering argument of how appropriate it is for African-American women to style their hair as they choose hit a new crescendo. In an attempt to, as the Mystic Valley Regional...

Moving Past the Recession: Black Millennials Face Steep Challenges in Job Market

The Class of 2017 is facing the strongest labor market in nearly 10 years. According to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Rockefeller Foundation, the unemployment rate for recent graduates is...

Is There Still a Place for HBCUs In Trump’s New America?

By most conservative estimates, the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities are on life support. A combination of gaps in federal and state funding, alumni contributions and student enrollment has many of the institutions...

Are There Any Solutions to the Gun Violence Problem In the Black Community?

It is not too hard to find a story today about the relationship between the African-American community and guns. Typically, these stories paint a complicated and often inaccurate view of the role guns play in...

Does Preserving Confederate History Outweigh the Need to Remove Symbols of a People’s Oppression?

The Battle of Liberty Place monument commemorates 5,000 members of the Crescent City White League’s attack on the city’s Reconstructionist government in 1874, resulting in more than 100 deaths, including several African-American officers. While...

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