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City Threatens to Turn Off Flint Residents’ Water*

City Threatens to Turn Off Flint Residents’ Water*

Residents who don’t start paying for their lead-contaminated water will face shut-off notices this spring.

The Last Drop!By Yessenia Funes

Residents in Flint, Michigan, have been dealing with lead-contaminated water for years now—since 2014, to be exact. Many people have responded by refusing to pay their water bills.

Soon, however, those who ignore their bills will have their water turned off. Flint’s chief financial officer, David Sabuda, told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday (February 15) that the city will begin issuing water shut-off notices in the spring. The move follows Governor Rick Snyder’s February 7 announcement that the state will stop subsidizing the cost of the city’s water by the end of the month.

While the city says water shut-offs aren’t directly linked to the governor’s announcement, the decision shapes how the city will handle future water payments. Per the Free Press:

Sabuda said there isn’t a direct link between the end of the state credits and the resumption of water shutoffs, except that the end of the credits makes it even more important for Flint to collect the water payments businesses and residents owe, while at the same time making it harder for many customers to make those payments.

The city used to threaten shut offs for lack of payment, but that practice ended last year when local and national media, including Slate and CNN, reported that the city was issuing notices to residents and businesses for lead-contaminated water. The Associated Press reports that Snyder originally committed to providing customer credits through March, but the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) January 24 announcement that water lead levels now meet federal limits changed that timeline.

Though the state cites the decrease in lead levels as the reason to end its funding, the water is still not safe right out of the tap. Per the MDEQ: “The state continues its recommendation that residents use filtered water for drinking and cooking for everyone in their household due to the chance for disruption to pipes as the city replaces lead service lines.”

Members of the state’s water advisory committee worry that the declaration is premature, reports MLive.

“We are making a huge mistake by claiming things are getting better and will continue to get better,” said Laura Sullivan, a Kettering University professor and Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee member. Sullivan worries that the state would be “10 steps further back in establishing trust with residents,” if lead levels spike again.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver told The AP that city officials will push the state to continue the assistance until the water is safe to drink. Ending the subsidies would save Michigan more than $2 million a month.

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James Baldwin Issues a Wake-Up Call to Black America*

James Baldwin Issues a Wake-Up Call to Black America*

By Leonard Pitts Jr.

Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless.

Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children.

This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous.

“We took out all the radicality of their legacy,” says Raoul Peck.

Peck is the director of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary built on 30 pages of notes James Baldwin wrote for a book he never finished, a meditation on race, America and his three murdered friends: Medgar, Malcolm, and Martin.

The film, which opened in wide release Friday, is a melange of arresting images, film clips and music framing Baldwin’s lacerating words as heard in archival footage and in readings by Samuel L. Jackson. It is nothing less than a masterpiece, fully deserving of its rave reviews and Oscar nomination and it demands to be seen more than once. Trying to absorb everything it has to say in one sitting is like trying to catch Niagara in a teacup.

But what is most stunning about “Negro” is its prescience and, more to the point, what its prescience says about what America still is. Here are the words of a man who died in 1987 and yet, those words somehow contain Trayvon Martin, the Ferguson uprising, the election of Donald Trump and all the other broken promises.

“People finally say to you,” says Baldwin through Jackson,

“in an attempt to dismiss the social reality: ‘But you’re so bitter.’ Well, I may or may not be bitter. But if I were, I would have good reasons for it, chief among them that American blindness or cowardice which allows us to pretend that life presents no reasons for being bitter.”

As he speaks, you are watching a kneeling Rodney King get kicked in the back of the head by an L.A. cop.

And you might, if you are African American, want to shout hallelujah at hearing those who blithely chastise your “anger” thus elegantly rebuked.

“There are days,” says Baldwin, “…when you wonder what your role is in this country and what your future is in it. How, precisely, are you going to reconcile yourself to your situation here and how you are going to communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here?”

And you might, if you are African-American, want to bow your head and lift a hand to the ceiling, because you have wondered, too, but did not have the words to say.

“When the Israelis pick up guns,” says Baldwin, “ or the Poles or the Irish or any white man in the world says ‘Give me liberty or give me death,’ the entire white world applauds. When a Black man says exactly the same thing, word for word, he is judged a criminal and treated like one and everything possible is done to make an example of this bad n*gger so there won’t be any more like him.”

And you might, if you are African-American, just want to pat your feet and say Amen. Even now. Even still.

“The scariest thing,” says Peck,

“is that it is so precise and dead on the point of what is happening right now. …We have been somehow in a sort of lethargy. We’ve been sleeping and we’ve been lazy. We’ve got Black History Month and we have Martin Luther King Day and we have new laws, etcetera, and we pretend as if everything is OK now. Which it’s not.

“We’ve just buried the corpse even deeper.”

If so, then “Negro” is a disinterment. More than a work of unparalleled brilliance, it is an urgent reminder that when it comes to race and America, the truth is not “safe.”

And it never was.

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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Means More Criminalization of Protests*

Trump’s Latest Executive Order Means More Criminalization of Protests*

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a statue he received as a gift while meeting with county sheriffs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/CNP/MediaPunch/IPX)

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a statue he received as a gift while meeting with county sheriffs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/CNP/MediaPunch/IPX)

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a statue he received as a gift while meeting with county sheriffs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.
(Photo: Andrew Harrer/CNP/MediaPunch/IPX)

By Kevin Gosztola

Executive orders signed by President Donald Trump set in motion an agenda for escalating the criminalization of citizens, who engage in protest. This agenda will likely have a disproportionate impact on Black Lives Matter activists, immigrant rights activists, and Native Americans engaged in protest against pipeline projects like the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The executive order aimed at “preventing violence” against police officers calls for a review of existing laws. Following the review, recommendations are to be made to Trump for legislation to protect the safety of police.

“If warranted,” the review may propose “legislation defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers, as well as for related crimes.”

Such legislation would be particularly useful for law enforcement interested in suppressing dissent against police brutality and direct action in general.

It also would fit into a trend developing as a result of Republican lawmakers, who have introduced anti-protesting legislation in several states. This includes making it a felony punishable up to five years to march on highways and increasing penalties for individuals who “obstruct” oil and gas equipment during environmental protests.

According to Officer Down Memorial, which tracks the deaths of police each year, the average number of police killed in a given year has decreased steadily since President Ronald Reagan. It has gone from around 100 deaths per year to 60-70 deaths per year. In other words, police are safer than ever before in recent United States history.

Nonetheless, the past couple of years have seen a sustained movement to hold police accountable for killing around 1,000 or more people each year and for engaging in force that disproportionately impacts black communities. Police unions have turned to promoting “Blue Lives Matter” campaigns to undermine the work of civil rights groups, and with the election of Trump and the appointment of Jeff Sessions to Attorney General, police now have allies, who will help make America a safer space for them to commit crimes without having to face accountability.

A second executive order on “crime reduction” says it shall be the policy of the executive branch to “reduce crime in America,” as if this is some newfangled policy to fight crime that has not been tried before. It suggests the nation is suffering “high rates of violent crime” and that “illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and violent crime” must be addressed.

A task force will be established by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “identify deficiencies in existing laws that have made them less effective in reducing crime and propose new legislation that could be enacted to improve public safety and reduce crime.”

The section suggests the Trump administration will push for new criminal statutes and attempt to deal with these issues through policies of mass incarceration.

Trump has distorted and exaggerated the murder rate in the United States. It started when he campaigned for president and claimed the murder rate was the “highest it’s been in 47 years.” He repeated the distortion again when speaking to U.S. sheriffs at the White House on February 7.

The reality is the murder rate is near a 45-year low, but the real statistic will not help Trump spread fear and convince citizens to close borders to immigrants, block refugees, deport undocumented immigrant families, and give police departments greater freedom to use force in their communities. So, Trump, Sessions, and his administration spread propaganda, which numerous establishment media outlets like CNN have debunked.

Jeffery Robinson, deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, reacted, “President Trump intends to build task forces to investigate and stop national trends that don’t exist. We have seen historic lows in the country’s crime rate and a downward trend in killings against police officers since the 1980s. The president not only doesn’t acknowledge these facts about our nation’s safety, he persists in ignoring the all-too-real deaths of black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement.”

Sessions declared, “”We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety, pulls down the wages of working Americans.” However, the Wall Street Journal reported

“newcomers to the U.S. are less likely than the native population to commit violent crimes or be incarcerated.” [They also don’t lower or depress wages.]

A third executive order directed at enforcing federal law to combat “transnational criminal organizations” and prevent “international trafficking” once again feeds into a perception that this is somehow new. President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton each had policies aimed at fighting transnational crime and traffickers.

It declares the purpose of the order is to target transnational criminal organizations that “derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life.” It adds that they “have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts,” and the groups are “drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery.”

This executive order renews America’s commitment to the futile War On Drugs by pledging to go after the “trafficking by cartels of controlled substances,” which has “triggered a resurgence in deadly drug abuse and a corresponding rise in violent crime related to drugs.”

What slight shift the U.S. government made toward treatment of drug users instead of criminalizing drug users may easily be reversed through the climate created by Trump and Sessions.

Additionally, the targeting of “transnational” crime is directly tied to the anti-immigrant and nativist politics of the administration. It reflects the idea that the vast majority of the problems within the United States are a result of foreign criminals and all the U.S. must do to solve these problems is purge the country of these individuals.

All of which serves to create a dark atmosphere, where dissent against government policies is chilled and suppressed, because the president claims if the country does not take this kind of action it will be detrimental to the safety and security of the nation. It also will potentially prolong the tradition of disinvestment in black and brown low-income communities, which fuels the kind of poverty and despair that leads to the “lawlessness” the Trump administration plans to address.

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Flight Attendant Saves Girl from Human Trafficking*

Flight Attendant Saves Girl from Human Trafficking*

By May Bulman

A flight attendant rescued a victim of human trafficking after she spotted the girl looking “dishevelled” on a plane accompanied by a well-dressed man.

Sheila Frederick, 49, was working on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to San Francisco when she noticed the girl, who looked around 14 or 15 years old, and immediately knew something was wrong, according to 10 News.

“Something in the back of my mind said something was not right. He was well-dressed. That’s what got me because I thought why is he well-dressed and she is looking all dishevelled and out of sorts?” Ms Frederick told the programme.

When she tried to speak with the two passengers, the man reportedly became defensive and the girl wouldn’t engage in conversation.

Ms Frederick said she subsequently left a note for the teenager in the plane’s toilet, which she later responded to with the message:

“I need help.”

The flight attendant informed pilots who were then able to communicate the message to police in San Francisco, and the man was arrested when the flight landed.

It comes amid increased efforts since 2009 to train American flight staff to recognise signs of human trafficking and flag them up. Common signs include someone who appears to be being controlled, is battered or won’t answer questions or make eye contact.

Emphasising the importance of such training, Ms Frederick added:

“I’ve been a flight attendant for 10 years and it’s like I am going all the way back to when I was in training and I was like, I could have seen these young girls and young boys and didn’t even know.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are reported to have arrested 2,000 human traffickers and identified 400 victims last year.

 

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UC Berkeley Cancels Appearance of White Nationalist, Trump Responds with Threat to Cut School’s Funding*

UC Berkeley Cancels Appearance of White Nationalist, Trump Responds with Threat to Cut School’s Funding*

Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos

Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos

Donald Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos

By Tanasia Kenney

The University of California, Berkeley was the scene of angry student protests on Wednesday, Feb. 1, prompting the university to cancel a scheduled appearance by controversial Brietbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who was on the last leg of his self-titled “Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

Yiannopoulos, a known right-wing provocateur and vocal Trump supporter has made a recent career out of making incendiary remarks toward Black people, Muslims, women and social justice causes. In his recent stop at Depaul University, Yiannopoulos mused that “I’ve worked out why there are so many Black girls here. ‘Cause I f—-d their brothers” and

“I give it 20 minutes; the statistics of Black incarceration are about to go up.” Yiannopoulos, who is gay, claims he is a libertarian trying to counter political correctness.

UC Berkeley ultimately called off Yiannopoulos’ speaking event around 6 p.m. PST, citing “violence, destruction of property and … a concern for public safety” for the sudden cancellation.

Witnesses told NBC News they heard protesters shouting “No Trump, No Milo” after the cancellation was announced via megaphone and Twitter. University officials reported fires set across campus, including one sparked by a firebomb that ignited a generator-powered spotlight, according to NBC News. Cell-phone footage from the fiery protest also showed demonstrators launching commercial-grade fireworks at police.

“The violence was instigated by a group of about 150 masked agitators who came onto our campus and interrupted an otherwise nonviolent protest,” UC Berkeley said in a statement.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behaviour that was on display and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives.”

On Thursday, Feb. 2, in an extraordinary show of public support, newly elected President Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend the Breitbart editor. Trump threatened to pull federal funding of the public university for not protecting the “free speech” of Yiannopoulos. This show of support by the president of the United States for someone openly known as a hero of the white nationalist movement is breath-taking in this day and time.

If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017

Just last year, Yiannapolus was banned from Twitter after waging a racially offensive verbal attack on African-American comedienne Leslie Jones, calling her a “black dude” because he took offense at an all-female lead cast in the remake of “Ghostbusters.” He often used his Twitter account to mock liberal opponents of the alt-right/white nationalist movement.

The university reported that some people, namely supporters of Yiannopoulos and President Donald Trump, were attacked during the protests, while authorities treated about six people for minor injuries. As demonstrations reached a fever pitch, campus police said that multiple orders for protesters to leave the area were given, after which a campus-wide lockdown was declared.

In a statement, the university expressed regret that “the threats and unlawful actions of a few have interfered with the exercise of First Amendment rights on a campus that is proud of its history and legacy as home of the Free Speech Movement.” However, this is not the first time the institution has dealt with intense protests sparked by a Yiannopoulos appearance, which also resulted in a cancellation.

NBC News reported that a Republican student organization at UC Davis called off a campus event featuring the far-right writer on Jan. 14 amid student demonstrations. Yiannopoulos, who is an avid Trump supporter, hasn’t received the warmest welcome at other universities either, as a group of Black Lives Matter activists disrupted his speaking event a Chicago’s DePaul University in May of last year, according to Atlanta Black Star.

“The whole reason we’re here is for free speech,” UC Berkeley sophomore Jonathan Gow told the San Francisco Gate.

“Milo’s hate speech is not allowed here. When it’s hate speech, our free speech is to shut him down.”

Fatima Ibrahim, a junior at the university, echoed Gow’s sentiments, adding that the timing of Yiannopoulos’ appearance on campus was hurtful, especially following Trump’s executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and suspending travel from seven predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East.

“As a black Muslim woman, all three of those identities have been targeted throughout [Trump’s] campaign,” Ibrahim said.

“To have someone like [Yiannopoulos] come into my campus and affirm those people’s beliefs, it’s very, very hurtful.”

Yiannopolous put out his own statement on Facebook blaming progressives and the left for the cancellation. “One thing we do know for sure: The Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”

Campus police reported no arrests at the demonstrations Wednesday.

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Ebola Didn’t Work so, U.S. Pushes AIDS-Causing Drugs on U.S. Black Population*

Ebola Didn’t Work so, U.S. Pushes AIDS-Causing Drugs on U.S. Black Population*

There is a lot of racist stereotyping in the NPR article, well what can one expect with CDC involved!

By Sean Adl-Tabatabai

The U.S. government has been given the green-light to aggressively push HIV drugs that hasten the onset of AIDS to millions of African Americans.

Public health officials are urging doctors to prescribe PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) onto patients who are at greatest risk of contracting the HIV virus – namely gay men and African Americans.

What doctors aren’t being told is that PrEP medication, sold under the brand name Truvada, comes with such a long list of seriously adverse side effects, some experts claim that the side effects themselves eventually cause patients to receive an AIDS diagnosis:

In the Swiss Cohort study, during 6 years of follow-up, the presence of laboratory adverse events was associated with higher rates of mortality, which highlights the importance of adverse events in overall patient management. [In clearer language: these are deadly drugs that can and do kill]

Npr.org reports:

The medication, which is sold under the brand name Truvada, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 to prevent HIV infection. Research conducted in Africa, where HIV transmission in heterosexual couples is common, found that it is effective in preventing HIV infection when one partner is HIV positive. If the daily pill is taken consistently, it can reduce the risk of HIV infection by up to 92 percent.

In the U.S., the first priority was to get Truvada to men who have sex with men, who accounted for 83% of new HIV diagnoses in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But the drug isn’t just for men, says Dr. Eugene McCray, director of the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. African-American women represent the highest percentage of HIV infections among women, McCray says.

“That is alarming, and we at the CDC are working to address the issue by spreading knowledge. But in order for us to do that, we also need to encourage African-American women to get tested.”

According to the CDC, African-American women make up 62% of women diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. White women account for 18%, with Latinas at 14%.

McCray says the CDC is planning in the upcoming months to produce campaigns targeted at black women that educate them on their risk and how PrEP can be used as a preventive measure.

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Women in the nation’s capital face a higher risk because about 2% of residents are already infected with HIV, making exposure more likely. In addition, Blout says, social issues like incarceration and poverty tend to increase the risk of HIV within the black community.

In addition, Blout also says there is a lack of empowerment among black women to ask their partners to either get tested or wear a condom. McCray agrees.

“Many women do not know the status of their partners and they are weary of asking them to get tested,” he says.

“A lot of the issue has to do with misinformation or simply not being informed at all,” says Nancy Mahon, executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund, which is providing financial support for the effort. “When it comes to PrEP, many people still don’t even know it exists, especially heterosexuals. Many black women we’ve spoken to felt puzzled about why we were addressing how this drug is available to them. A component of the issue is that the drug is hard to obtain without a doctor.”

Source: CDC. Estimated HIV incidence among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(4). Subpopulations

Source: CDC. Estimated HIV incidence among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(4). Subpopulations

One of the challenges in getting women educated about PrEP is that primary care providers such as OB-GYNs often aren’t aware of it. That problem is compounded with low-income patients who don’t always get regular doctor visits and preventive care.

“The other problem here is that it generally takes five to 10 years for consumers to become socially acquainted with any drug,” McCray says.

“That’s why we’re trying to push the information associated with PrEP to the communities in dire need of it.”

The push includes a D.C. Department of Health ad campaign that says: “#PrEPforher: Dominate your sex life.”

“Women simply don’t know the drug exists,” Blout said. “When they eventually do find out about it, they’re angry at their doctors for not telling them about it. It’s really about giving women the agency to protect their health.”

That includes information on using condoms or other methods to ensure safe sex, especially among married couples. “These are all factors that increase the exposure to HIV for black women,” Blout said.

According to Blout and Mahon, much of the program’s effort will concentrate on getting health care providers and public health clinics well-informed about the drug. Continuing education will be provided to health officials and providers in D.C. this year.

“That’s the starting point,” Blout says.

The program was officially introduced on Dec. 1 by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser as part of her 90/90/90/50 plan for combating the HIV epidemic in the capital. The plan’s name entails having 90% of D.C. residents being aware of their status, 90% of D.C. residents who are diagnosed with HIV seeking treatment, another 90% who are already under treatment achieving viral load suppression and a 50 percent overall decrease in new HIV cases.

The program faces its biggest obstacle right as it rolls out, Blout says. “Stigma is our hardest hurdle.”

Mahon agrees. “This is a problem when it comes to PrEP and women, because it’s highly been stigmatized as a ‘gay drug’ or an easy way to promiscuity.” Outreach to women and health care providers will, she hopes, “get the open conversation going with a group of people who don’t even know they need to have this particular conversation.”

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JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

JPMorgan Chase Sued for Mortgage Discrimination against Black and Latino Borrowers*

By Tanasia Kenney

 

JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $55 million settlement with the government on Wednesday, Jan. 18, the same day a federal lawsuit was filed alleging the financial institution racially discriminated against thousands of African-American and Latino mortgage borrowers between 2006 and 2009.

The suit accused the lending company of charging Black and Latino borrowers higher mortgage interest rates and fees than “similarly situated white borrowers” during that time. Average minority home buyers were alleged to have paid almost $1,000 more than white borrowers with the same risk profile, according to the complaint.

Overall, the U.S. government said the company’s alleged discrimination cost 53,000 mortgage borrowers “tens of millions of dollars in damages.”

Attorneys for JPMorgan Chase denied the claims but filed their response in court the same day the suit was brought.

“We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that relate to pricing set by independent brokers,” the company said in a written statement Wednesday.

“We deny any wrongdoing and remain committed to providing equal access to credit.”

USA Today reported the federal government sought damages for the affected Black and Latino borrowers, civil penalties and an order to prevent further racial discrimination.

The government said Chase failed to require its mortgage brokers to document the reasons for the adjusted rates and report discrimination. Moreover, the company reportedly gave independent brokers leeway to hike customers’ interest rates, which, in turn, boosted brokers’ pay.

As a result, the discrimination continued and African-American home buyers paid an average of $1,126 more for a $191,100 loan over a five-year period than white home buyers, the lawsuit stated. Latino borrowers paid an average of $968 more on a loan for $236,800.

“Chase could have, but failed, to better monitor its wholesale brokers to discourage discrimination against borrowers based on race or national origin,” the complaint read.

The U.S. government has gone after lending companies suspected of racial discrimination in the past, with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division obtaining more than $1.4 billion in relief under fair housing laws between 2010 and 2014, according to an agency report from August. In 2012, The Justice Department sued Wells Fargo for racial discrimination over the bank’s practice of targeting Black and Latino homeowners for subprime loans. The bank and the DOJ ultimately reached a $175 million settlement, Atlanta Black Star reported.

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