COLUMBUS, Ga.—Ed Harbison remembers Jim Crow. The segregated schools, the no-go theaters, the colored-only water fountains. The white supremacist siege of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where Martin Luther King, Jr., was trapped inside, and Harbison was, too. The white folks telling his mother she couldn’t vote unless she could answer how many beans were in a jar, or how wet water was. Harbison is now a Democratic state senator from Georgia, and the Deep South has changed radically in his 72 years on its soil. Sometimes, though, he reflects on how it hasn’t changed—like when he reflects on the high-profile race for governor pitting Stacey Abrams, a progressive African-American Democrat who used to run a voting rights nonprofit, against Brian Kemp, the conservative white Republican secretary of state who is mired in multiple voting rights controversies. Harbison is rooting for Abrams to become the first black woman governor of any American … [Read more...] about Democrats Say Republicans Are Stealing the Midterms. Are They Right?
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Jani Tillery thought she would be a homeowner by now. Her parents bought a house in the Detroit suburbs in the late 1970s while living on a modest income. Her mother was a teacher. Her father worked in the automotive industry. They raised their children in the house and paid off the mortgage. They will probably live there in retirement and possibly pass the house -- not only a home with rich sentimental value but also a sizable financial asset -- on to their children. Tillery, 42, hoped this would finally be the year she, too, could buy. She's a lawyer at a nonprofit organization in Washington, and she recently got a promotion and raise.Yet, she says, this part of the American Dream seems out of reach for her, as it is for many other African-American workers despite notable strides in other aspects of their finances.In many way, African-Americans have regained the ground lost during the financial crisis. Many are finding jobs and getting raises.But the holy grail of homeownership … [Read more...] about Black homeownership is stuck near 30-year lows