Op-Eds & LTEs

LTE: Programs to close the racial wealth gap (The Washington Post)

August 6, 2021

The Aug. 1 editorial “Narrowing the racial wealth gap” did an excellent job describing the crisis that is the racial wealth gap and chronicling its damaging history. The suggestion that race-neutral policies are the solution to eliminating the racial wealth gap, however, is incorrect and dangerous. Click here to read the full LTE by Nikitra Bailey.

Creating equitable infrastructure is essential to addressing racism in our country (The Grio)

May 13, 2021

For the first time, Congress has an opportunity to create an infrastructure plan that fairly supports all people, neighborhoods, and communities, but recognizes the important fact that housing is infrastructure. There is no doubt that infrastructure in the U.S. needs a major overhaul. Click here to read the full op-ed by Lisa Rice and Sherrilyn Ifill.

Biden Promised Racial Equity, And There’s A Political Tool To Help His Administration Accomplish This (Blavity)

March 23, 2021

If President Biden wants to fulfill his promise to advance racial equity, he must immediately jettison dangerous policies implemented by the previous administration, who designed them to dismantle civil rights, and preserve one of our nation’s strongest tools for achieving justice — disparate impact. Click here to read the full op-ed by Lisa Rice.

How fair housing and COVID-19 intersect (The Hill)

January 7, 2021

While the medical community has worked valiantly in the fight against a deadly pandemic, policymakers have largely failed to connect the dots between COVID-19 and the biggest driver of overall inequality between whites, and Black and Brown people: residential segregation. Click here to read the full op-ed by Lisa Rice.

To Expand Opportunity, We Must Fully Commit to Fair Housing (Morning Consult)

December 10, 2020

The African principle of Sankofa teaches that to have a strong future, we must bring forth knowledge gained from our past. The United States is at an inflection point on race — including on the fundamental question of housing policy.

In the United States, we continue to uphold exclusionary housing practices, rooted in our segregationist past, that hold back whole communities and stifle economic growth. Click here to read the full op-ed by Lisa Rice and Nikitra Bailey.

Opinion: How unfair mortgage and housing practices affect you and your neighborhood — and what can be done about it (MarketWatch)

January 21, 2020

Just seven days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April 1968, President Lyndon Johnson signed Title VIII — commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act — of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 into law. President Johnson considered the law as an homage to the great civil rights leader. Click here to read the full op-ed by Sanjiv Das and Lisa Rice.

Commentary: Don’t allow historic anti-redlining law to be weakened (Chicago Tribune)

January 17, 2020

As a nation, we have a duty to end the lasting legacy of discrimination in housing and mortgage finance that lies at the core of the staggering and enduring wealth gap between whites and Americans of color. The Community Reinvestment Act, a historic civil-rights law enacted in 1977 to stop banks from discriminatory lending practices, is one of our nation’s most important tools for fighting such discrimination. Click here to read the full op-ed by Janet Murguia, Lisa Rice, and Wade Henderson.

Op-Ed: Educational Equity Is Threatened By Weakening Tools Used To Fight Housing Discrimination (BET)

January 15, 2020

Recently, America learned about rampant discrimination within the real estate market through a years-long investigation into practices on Long Island, New York. But if you talk to people of color on Long Island, these findings are, sadly, not startling, but representative of a deeply disturbing status quo. Click here to read the full op-ed by John King and Lisa Rice.