The REO Pilot Program Should be an Opportunity for Fair Housing

By Jillian Olinger, Research Associate, This post is part of an ongoing series based on the National Fair Housing Alliance report, “The Banks Are Back, Our Neighborhoods Are Not,” that examines ongoing discrimination in the marketing and maintenance of bank-owned foreclosed properties. This series is also posted on’s blog Rooflines. – We now know that once again, the banks … Continue reading »

Kirwan Institute’s Executive Director Interview by ABC6 in Columbus After George Zimmerman is Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder Featured expert: Sharon L. Davies JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Wednesday after months of mounting tensions and protests across the country. George Zimmerman, 28, could get up to life in prison if convicted in the … Continue reading »

Implicit Bias and (Mis)Perceptions

By Cheryl Staats, Research Associate, Also published on Race-Talk A month after his passing, Trayvon Martin’s untimely death at age 17 continues to saturate national headlines.  By now the familiar details are familiar but remain haunting.  Walking home from a convenience store in Sanford, FL on February 26th carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced … Continue reading »

Race and Death: Breathing While Black

By Tom Rudd, Director of Education and Emerging Research, Also published on Race-Talk Death is inevitable. In an ideal world, we would all die in our sleep in a peaceful state of bliss without pain or regret.  In the real world, death comes at its own pace and in myriad ways.  Most of us, especially … Continue reading »

Another Real Tragedy in the Trayvon Martin Story

By Stephen Menendian, Legal Research Associate, Also published on the Huffington Post and Race-Talk By now everyone is familiar with the story of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.  Visiting a family friend with his father, Trayvon fatefully walked to the corner store for an ice tea and skittles and never again would see his friends or … Continue reading »