Last Week, Today: Housing Discrimination, Muslims & Blacks, and Teen Pregnancies

1. Obama puts ‘fair housing’ on agenda: Why segregation still matters (CS Monitor)

The rule… will equip cities that receive federal housing funds “with the data and tools that will help them to meet long-standing fair housing obligations in their use of HUD funds,” the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said in announcing the change Wednesday.

(Ta-Nehisi Coates outlines how America's campaign from the 1930s to 1960s to build the suburbs and public housing cut out African-Americans. This explains why the wealth gap between African-Americans and white Americans still is so large, even if the wage-gap is decreasing).

2. Muslim groups help raise $72,000 and counting to rebuild black churches

From the petition:

Its Ramadan and we are experiencing firsthand the beauty and sanctity of our mosques during this holy month. ALL houses of worship are sanctuaries, a place where all should feel safe, a place we can seek refuge when the world is too much to bear… We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities.

3. He saw her marriage as ‘unnatural.’ She called him ‘bigoted.’ Now, they hug. (WashPo)

In Iowa, a leader of an organization that has derided-same sex marriages and a leader of an LGBT rights group have fostered an unlikely friendship.

4. Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies is a Startling Success (NYT)

For the past six years, Colorado has offered free long-acting birth control. Birth rates among teenagers plunged by 40% from 2009 to 2013; their abortion rates have also fallen by 42%.

5. Liberated by Grace (WashPo)

From E.J. Dionne Jr:

For those who see religion as primarily an opiate, African American Christianity offers a riposte. For those who see Christianity itself as a faith that encourages quiescence and conservatism, the tradition of the black church is a sign of contradiction.


From Twitter - Will Saletan reports that his son was marked down 5 percent on a high school health test because he chose this incorrect definition of family.

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