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A Marquette University study forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Economics has found that African-Americans seeking home loans are discriminated against by mortgage lenders at the earliest stages of the application process. According to Dr. Andrew Hanson, associate professor of economics and the study’s lead author, black Americans are far more likely than white Americans to be ignored by mortgage loan originators.
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In light of the recent grand jury announcement regarding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the death of Eric Garner in New York City, and the recent killing of 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Jesuit college and university campuses have been alive with calls for an end to racial injustice in the U.S.
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I am angry. I am mortified. I am distraught. The miscarriage of justice in the death of Eric Garner puts another spotlight on what our nation says to Black men today in 2014: Your life is not valued. 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. 50 years after the Civil Rights Act. 6 years after the election of Barack Obama. And where have we gotten?