Systemic racism exists in other places, too. Let’s root it out together.

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By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the NFL’s practice of “race-norming” in their concussion settlement program to determine which players are eligible for a financial award for the cognitive decline they experience due to brain injuries from playing the game. It’s been in the news recently because the league announced that they would no longer use the method for testing a player’s eligibility.

NFL race-norming in summary

ICYMI, the short story goes like this: After years of denying that their players experienced any debilitating health effects from the many concussions they received from playing the game and fighting numerous lawsuits, the NFL in 2013…

How the Housing Finance Industry Penalizes Black and Brown Homebuyers

Ebony, 2017

Fifty-three years after the passage of the 1968 Fair Housing Act that outlawed discrimination in the housing market transactions, Black homebuyers today are still subject to an unequal playing field when attempting to purchase a home. A recent NPR story identifies four issues with how the housing finance industry works to disparately impact them as they pursue the American Dream of homeownership:

First, how credit scores are determined: Black credit scores are 60 points lower than the average white credit score, in part due to the practice of not including regular bills that people pay (think cell phones, utility bills…

Here’s what we didn’t vote for

Steve Sack, Star Tribune, March 2021

Since before President Biden was even sworn in in January up through Biden’s address to Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been insisting that Biden’s agenda to tackle the many significant woes facing our country “was not what Americans voted for”. His evidence is not the fact that Biden won a majority of both the Electoral College as well as the popular vote, nor that the more members of Biden’s party won seats in the House of Representatives, nor that a majority of Americans voted for Democrats to represent them in the U.S…

Detail of Home Owners Loan Corporation Map ca 1935

Joe Biden picks up where Lyndon Johnson left off

In April 1968, in the wake of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the explosion in the streets of segregated Black neighborhoods in cities across the country, Congress enacted the Fair Housing Act, the third major Civil Rights Act of the civil rights movement. The bill, which had been promoted by President Lyndon Johnson, had been blocked by southern segregationist Democrats and conservative Republicans for over two years. …

Carlos Osorio (AP)

The primarily Black residents of Flint might yet see justice.

The man who was Governor of Michigan when Flint, Michigan’s water became toxic to its residents, Rick Snyder, has been charged in the case. Justice may finally be served in the disaster, which has led to 12 deaths and dozens of illnesses and lead poisoning in the predominantly Black city. Yet, the racially-inspired, anti-democratic forces that lead to the outcome should not be forgotten, so we can make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Michigan’s law that allows the governor to appoint an emergency manager to oversee financially-challenged communities — a…

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History shows us that at times of economic crises, empowered political coalitions and their solutions change the contract with the American people. Will Biden and the Democrats grab the chance?

At the end of the 1920s — after a decade of Republican free market un-regulated capitalistic governance in the United States — the roaring decade ended with the infamous stock market crash of 1929, leaving millions of Americans facing economic disaster. …

Cara Letofsky

Cara is a regional policy leader and the Director of The Fair Economy Project. Reach her at

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