Columnists Earl Ofari Hutchinson Opinion

THE HUTCHINSON REPORT: More housing segregation on the way

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to do what many realtors, developers and mortgage lenders have long chomped at the bit at and that’s to gut the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The law forbade intentional and, by extension, disparate discrimination in the sale or rental of housing. The implicit understanding in the law was that […]

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Criminalizing poverty becomes big business for government

The recent U.S. Department of Justice report on police and court practices in Ferguson, Missouri put a much-needed spotlight on how a predatory system of enforcement of minor misdemeanors and compounding fines can trap low-income people in a never-ending cycle of debt, poverty and jail. This included outrageous fines for minor infractions such as failing […]