fair housing

  • The Supreme Court begins a new term on Monday, Oct. 6. Among the cases justices will hear is one on redistricting in Alabama. Credit: Getty Images.
    September 6, 2014   BY Sam Hananel, Associated Press 

    The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to take up yet another case challenging so-called “disparate impact” lawsuits. In disparate impact cases, plaintiffs rely on statistics to show that seemingly neutral housing or lending practices can disproportionately harm racial minorities, even if there is no proof of intent to discriminate. The theory has been used for years to show bias in employment cases, but Texas officials are urging the justices to find that it doesn’t apply in housing discrimination cases. Continue reading

  • April 4, 2008  

    On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, leaving the civil rights movement he led to forge its own path. A panel of analysts discuss King’s complex legacy and how U.S. race relations have evolved since his death. Continue reading