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Category: Civil Rights

Systemic Racism and Car Insurance

Thumbnail:  The always perceptive Joe Cortright of the City Observatory think tank pointed out that the car insurance rate paid by bad or aggressive drivers is less that what is paid by people living in an African American neighborhood.  It’s why states should ban insurance rates being based on things like zip codes rather than on individual driving records. 

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Can The Police Committee Be A Force For Change, Not More Of The Same?

Thumbnail: The new committee on reimaging policing has the opportunity to be the change agent that Memphis has needed.  It requires them to do more than rely on the usual suspects for ideas, data, and recommendations.  Recent research by Prof. Barry Friedman and commentaries by consultant David Eichenthal are must reads for the committee to get off on the right foot.

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Neo-Confederates’ Lost Cause Mythology Put South On Race To The Bottom

Thumbnail: It’s incredulous that we are still working to shake off the vestiges of the Confederacy and incredulous even more that some fanatically hold up traitors who fought to destroy the United States so they could own human beings as property.  Southern states not only lost the war but by clinging to racist myths of the Confederacy, they also sacrificed the future.  In light of the continuing discussions about Confederate statues and the Confederacy itself, I’m posting this column written for MLK50.com on July 27, 2017.  

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