Op-Eds & LTEs

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.