Modern Day Redlining How Banks Block People of Color from Homeownership

“Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to millions of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.”

Tennessee School Removes Confederate Flag

Tennessee School Removes Confederate Flag, lynching murals

“A painting of a Confederate flag and a mural depicting a lynching have been removed from the walls of a Tennessee school gymnasium.

The mural showed a white man, dressed in blue, hanging from a rope tied to a tree branch. Another person was standing nearby, in a red jersey, and holding a Confederate flag.
The painting was intended to depict an athletic team rivalry.”


“Mose People Think I’m white.”

“One of the best birthday presents anybody ever gave me was a “calling card” by the conceptual artist Adrian Piper. I was in college at the time, and it felt like the ultimate inside joke handed from one racially ambiguous person to another.

Slim and innocuous as a business card, it reads: ‘Dear Friend, I am black. I am sure you did not realize this when you made/laughed at/agreed with that racist remark. In the past I have attempted to alert people to my identity in advance. . . . I regret any discomfort my presence is causing you, just as I’m sure you regret the discomfort your racism is causing me.’”

The Unwelcome revival of ‘race science’

“The unwelcome revival of ‘race science'” by Gavin Evans

“One of the strangest ironies of our time is that a body of thoroughly debunked “science” is being revived by people who claim to be defending truth against a rising tide of ignorance. The idea that certain races are inherently more intelligent than others is being trumpeted by a small group of anthropologists, IQ researchers, psychologists and pundits who portray themselves as noble dissidents, standing up for inconvenient facts. Through a surprising mix of fringe and mainstream media sources, these ideas are reaching a new audience, which regards them as proof of the superiority of certain races.

The claim that there is a link between race and intelligence is the main tenet of what is known as “race science” or, in many cases, “scientific racism”. Race scientists claim there are evolutionary bases for disparities in social outcomes – such as life expectancy, educational attainment, wealth, and incarceration rates – between racial groups. In particular, many of them argue that black people fare worse than white people because they tend to be less naturally intelligent.”

Scientific Racism, Nativism, and American Politics

Today we discussed the New Negro Renaissance’s cultural response to cultural racism, represented by in popular culture and scientific scholarship. While scientific racism permeated different disciplines, especially anthropology, it was also made popular among the educated by Madison Grant. Here Grant, in his article “The Racial Transformation of America” published in the North American Review in 1924, discusses the consequences of the both the “negro problem” and the “immigrant problem” in the United States.  Grant, and other people involved in the eugenics movement, played a key were in shaping U.S. ideas about immigrant and especially the Immigration Act of 1924.

While these arguments about biological determinism might seem like the debates of the early 20th c., unfortunately, these kinds of discussions that employ “scientific” reasons to explain the behavior of entire groups continue to be discussed among scientists. The same kinds of claims are akin to the statistic claims of black criminality, as historian Khalil Muhammad notes, employed by some white nationalists, presently.