David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick – Filmed November 2016 at TEDMED 2016

Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.


‘Mystery Shoppers’ Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks – CHRIS ARNOLD August 26, 2016 5:43 PM ET

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently disclosed that it is sending in people who pose as customers to discover racial discrimination at banks.
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When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looked into the Mississippi-based regional bank BancorpSouth, it didn’t just review thousands of loan applications. It sent in undercover operatives — some white, some black — who pretended to be customers applying for loans.

“They had similar credit scores and similar background and situations,” says CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Our investigation had found that BancorpSouth had engaged in illegal redlining in Memphis, meaning refusing to lend into specific areas of the city.”

That is, neighborhoods where most residents were African-Americans or other minorities. Cordray says on top of that, the bank “charged African-American customers higher interest rates for mortgages than similarly situated white applicants.”

He also says the bank denied loans to African-American applicants more often than white applicants — nearly twice as often in relative terms, according to the complaint.

When regulators get people to pose as customers, it’s called “testing.” This case marks the first time the CFPB has said it is using testers for enforcement. It just disclosed that earlier this summer when it announced a $10.6 million settlementwith BancorpSouth.

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NCAA Says Cities and States That Discriminate Can’t Host Tournaments – By June Thomas APRIL 28 2016 1:35 PM

As long as HB2 remains on the books, this logo probably won't be seen on a North Carolina court. -- Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

As long as HB2 remains on the books, this logo probably won’t be seen on a North Carolina court. —
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In recent years, the NCAA has been a surprisingly effective force in fighting anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In 2015, when Indiana passed the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, one of the factors that led to the state’s legislature enacting a quick (if inadequatefix was a statement from the NCAA, which came a week before a huge sporting event was held in the state. It said: “We are … concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.” (The organization drew criticism when it did not move the 2016 men’s tournament from Houston after that city’s voters rejected a nondiscrimination law in November 2015, though it did warn the vote “could impact the NCAA returning to Houston for a future Final Four.”)

Now the NCAA has made its commitment to nondiscrimination even more explicit by setting new requirements for cities that wish to host NCAA events, including the men’s and women’s Final Four basketball tournaments, which draw thousands of visitors. At its quarterly meeting, held earlier this week, the NCAA Board of Governors adopted a policy that will require potential hosts “to demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event.”

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Why are we so obsessed with the race and religion of mass killers? “If the murderer of 20 grade schoolers and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut, had been a Muslim from Nigeria, for example, do you doubt there would be thundering calls for eradicating Boko Haram? Instead, since he was a young white male, the U.S. essentially did nothing.”

America’s foreign and domestic policy hinges to an insane degree on a killer’s name and religion

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