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Posted: May 24, 2018 - 6:33pm

Trump reverses Obama-era rule designed to prevent racial bias by car dealers

President Donald Trump has signed legislation rolling back auto-lending guidance designed to protect minorities from discrimination by car dealers.

Congress voted last month to overturn guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that targeted “dealer markups” – interest rate hikes that auto dealers place on third-party auto loans to make a profit. Mr Trump signed the bill into law on Monday in a private session.

Studies have shown minorities are regularly charged more for dealer markups than white buyers with similar credit. The CFPB warned dealers in 2013 against using these markups, saying they could lead to a lawsuit from the agency. Since then, the bureau has penalised major companies like Honda, Toyota, and Ally Financial for lending discrimination. (...)

(...) In fact, a recent study by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NHFA) — entitled, "Discrimination When Buying a Car: How the Color of Your Skin Can Affect Your Car-Shopping Experience" — sent out non-white and white testers with fake credentials to auto dealerships. All the white testers' credentials showed they had less income and were less eligible than the non-white testers for dealership car loans.

The results were staggering:

  • 62.5 percent of the time, non-white testers who were more qualified than their white counterparts received more costly pricing options.

  • On average, non-white testers who experienced discrimination would have paid an average of $2,662.56 more over the life of the loan than less-qualified white testers.

  • 75 percent of the time, white testers were offered more financing options than non-white testers.

  • Dealers offered to help bring down interest rates and car prices using incentives and rebates or by making phone calls to personal contacts for white testers more often than they did for non-white testers.

A nationwide study by the National Consumer Law Center found similar results:

In Wisconsin, black Ford Motor Credit Company borrowers paid an average $1,041 markup, whereas white buyers paid $156. In Alabama, black General Motors Acceptance Corporation borrowers paid markups that averaged $836, but the markup for white buyers was only $276.

We found statistically significant racial disparities in every state with sufficient data and in every region of the country.

However, Mick Mulvaney — head of both the Office of Management and Budget and acting chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — heralded the discriminatory measure. He said that he was "heartened that the people, through their elected representatives, have corrected this instance of Bureau overreach." In the Trump administration, preventing discrimination if it interferes with corporate profit is deemed undesirable. (...)

Code/buzz word: overreach
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Posted: May 20, 2018 - 1:52pm

Look What You Made Them Do
From to neo-Nazism and white nationalism to Trump's election, conservative writers are blaming—who else?—liberals who call out racism.
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Posted: May 18, 2018 - 3:40pm

Call Them by Their Names
Why are corporate media protecting white people's identities in racial bias incidents?
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Posted: May 18, 2018 - 7:23am

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Gone Fishin': 1940

June 1940. "Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Daughter of mulatto family returning home after fishing in the Cane River." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.



 
I wonder how many fish she is holding.{#Stupid}
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Posted: May 18, 2018 - 6:54am

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I read that story the other day. Apparently the house had been abandoned, boarded up, and been used by squatters and druggies, so it was probably a big sore spot for her.

Which is all the more troubling: why would she want to keep such an eyesore intact? The guy is planning to fix it up!

She insisted it's not about race, but if Chip and Joanna were doing the same thing, she probably wouldn't have reacted that way.

c.

 





Though the plot thickens, seems the woman is Spanish with a black boyfriend and was upset he was taking down the boards off the windows because it had been used as a crack house. The media did report this after it was too late, but we gotta do better all around. "Journalist" are constantly fighting for their jobs and that is tough to combat. Let's face it racism is sexy as hell and exciting for us all when revealed and reported. There is more than an element of superiority when the bigots are highlighted and properly berated, cause there is the proof of how much better we are than them.




Cynicism? I haz it. lol Seriously there is more than a bit of truth in this.
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Posted: May 17, 2018 - 9:32pm

At least it didn't say * ANIMAL *
Hispanic Customer Given Starbucks Order With Racial Slur Written on Cup
Pedro, a customer at a Starbucks in La Cañada, was given his order with the word "beaner" on it

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Posted: May 17, 2018 - 12:08pm

When I see the title of this topic pop up on the RAFT,I envision a bunch of smart phone dummies blindly looking down at their screens,getting angry about what they have been told to be angry about that day,while completely ignoring the signs everywhere that say "BIG EFFING CLIFF AHEAD!" and walking off a cliff like good like Bezoite lemmings.
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Posted: May 17, 2018 - 10:47am

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(...) In a video posted to YouTube earlier this month, Michael Hayes, a real estate investor in Memphis, Tenn., went to a house that was in desperate need of a fixing up to inspect it. It was at that point, he said, that a woman came out of a neighboring house demanding to know what he was doing. Ever affable, Hayes said that he readily showed the woman his investment contract, which showed that he had permission to work on the house, as well as the written permission he received from the homeowner.
 
I read that story the other day. Apparently the house had been abandoned, boarded up, and been used by squatters and druggies, so it was probably a big sore spot for her.

Which is all the more troubling: why would she want to keep such an eyesore intact? The guy is planning to fix it up!

She insisted it's not about race, but if Chip and Joanna were doing the same thing, she probably wouldn't have reacted that way.

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Posted: May 17, 2018 - 10:29am

(...) In a video posted to YouTube earlier this month, Michael Hayes, a real estate investor in Memphis, Tenn., went to a house that was in desperate need of a fixing up to inspect it. It was at that point, he said, that a woman came out of a neighboring house demanding to know what he was doing. Ever affable, Hayes said that he readily showed the woman his investment contract, which showed that he had permission to work on the house, as well as the written permission he received from the homeowner.

Still, Karen the unidentified woman wouldn’t be swayed and called the police anyway.

Thankfully, in this case, the police were quick to call the woman out on her bullshit and defended Hayes’ right to be there.

“You keep the camera rolling. If you have any problems with her, what I want you to do is call me back over here,” a white male officer reassures Hayes. “She will go to jail for that.”

The woman says something that sounds like, “I’m friends with the sheriff,” but the same officer shuts her down.

“I don’t care if you’re friends with the president,” he snaps. “You’re going to let him do what he’s going to do. If you try to do anything to stop him, I’m going to take you to jail.”

“Hurry up, do it and get out!” the woman sneers in Hayes’ direction.

Again, the cops were not having it.

“No, no. He can take his time,” a female officer chimes in.

“He can take all day,” the male officer agrees.

At Hayes’ request, and after he voiced his own discomfort, the officers agree to stick around while he takes pictures of the property to ensure his safety.

Toward the end of the video, Hayes thanks the officers for sticking up for him in light of Karen’s madness.

“You know why the lady called the police on me,” he said in the video. “But at the end of the day, she did not just want me in her neighborhood. (...)

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Posted: May 14, 2018 - 1:24pm

Gone Fishin': 1940

June 1940. "Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Daughter of mulatto family returning home after fishing in the Cane River." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Posted: May 11, 2018 - 2:56pm

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Our Tribal/monkey based brains separate us into groups instinctively. I don't think it's racist that we do that, I think it's racist when we do that consciously. (...)
 
There isn't necessarily a problem with seeing groups, tribes, clubs, etc. We apply categories to everything. The problem is thinking that one group is somehow (inherently) better (or worse) than another.
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Posted: May 11, 2018 - 2:39pm

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how about not racist, but also not aware of the fact that she might've responded differently if it was a white girl?

Is that possible? How about if we don't call it racism, but racial bias?

I have racial bias, when I notice it, I check myself, and try to be aware of it and not engage it. I think if we all self checked, it would be a good thing.



 
Our Tribal/monkey based brains separate us into groups instinctively. I don't think it's racist that we do that, I think it's racist when we do that consciously. I'm not sure how to classify the unconscious act, but looking at events over the last couple years I think we need anew term and view of it. People get really defensive with any notion of racist (deserved or not). If there were a better way to make people aware of the natural bias active in their brains and ways to recognize and deal with it appropriately we might make some progress.
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Posted: May 11, 2018 - 1:49pm

Feds: White man wanted hit man to kill black neighbor, hang body, burn cross on lawn
A white South Carolina man offered $500 to a supposed hit man to kill his black neighbor, hang his body from a tree and burn a cross on his lawn - but the hit man was really an undercover officer, federal prosecutors say.

Brandon Lecroy was arrested last month after he gave the man a $100 down payment and told him he might have more people to kill later, according to an affidavit unsealed after Lecroy was indicted Tuesday.Lecroy found the "hit man" through a white supremacist group, authorities said.

Lecroy sent the undercover officer pictures of the neighbor he wanted killed in the small town of Hodges in Greenwood County, according to court papers. Hodges is about 85 miles west of Columbia. (...)

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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 4:10pm

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AND (and I'm not talking to you directly here,) the thing that drives the black people I know crazy the most is that white people get to get away with mental illness excusing their behavior.

just a thought.

XO ~ peace ~

 
Case in point
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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 4:10pm

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I get it, she does look strange.

AND (and I'm not talking to you directly here,) the thing that drives the black people I know crazy the most is that white people get to get away with mental illness excusing their behavior.

just a thought.

XO ~ peace ~



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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 4:07pm

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And the general police reaction - "show us your papers" seems out of line for the situation.  I'm impressed by the student's general calm in dealing with the pretty BS situation. 

 
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Anyway, it's May, and I don't care how big that dorm is, there's no way the caller didn't know the napper was a resident.
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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 3:55pm

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i suppose we could

maybe we'll get some background and get a better understanding of the situation

my mom wasn't around much and my caretaker from very early childhood on was a wonderful black woman

so that my have influenced my bias/preference in a certain way (my other half now is black)

you know, i just watched the video and i was a bit blown away by something strange

i interact with a paranoid schizophrenic twice a week for the last twenty five years or so

obviously i notice patterns in behavior, mood, hostility, irritability, facial expressions, progression of the disorder, etc.

i'm sure it's a bias to some extent, but watching that video i was reminded of that person early on

could it be that she is mentally ill?

who knows

 
I get it, she does look strange.

AND (and I'm not talking to you directly here,) the thing that drives the black people I know crazy the most is that white people get to get away with mental illness excusing their behavior.

just a thought.

XO ~ peace ~


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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 3:44pm

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how about not racist, but also not aware of the fact that she might've responded differently if it was a white girl?

Is that possible? How about if we don't call it racism, but racial bias?

I have racial bias, when I notice it, I check myself, and try to be aware of it and not engage it. I think if we all self checked, it would be a good thing.

 

i suppose we could

maybe we'll get some background and get a better understanding of the situation

my mom wasn't around much and my caretaker from very early childhood on was a wonderful black woman

so that my have influenced my bias/preference in a certain way (my other half now is black)

you know, i just watched the video and i was a bit blown away by something strange

i interact with a paranoid schizophrenic twice a week for the last twenty five years or so

obviously i notice patterns in behavior, mood, hostility, irritability, facial expressions, progression of the disorder, etc.

i'm sure it's a bias to some extent, but watching that video i was reminded of that person early on

could it be that she is mentally ill?

who knows

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Posted: May 10, 2018 - 3:04pm

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i agree

is it extremely poor judgment by the caller? yes

is that normal behavior? no 

does that makes her a racist? i'm not convinced

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how about not racist, but also not aware of the fact that she might've responded differently if it was a white girl?

Is that possible? How about if we don't call it racism, but racial bias?

I have racial bias, when I notice it, I check myself, and try to be aware of it and not engage it. I think if we all self checked, it would be a good thing.


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