Written by: Sara Kugler
Here’s our pick of news, writing, and research this week that investigates political questions at the intersections of gender, race, and region.
1. “A Study Documents the Paucity of Black Elected Prosecutors: Zero in Most States”
The Women Donors Network has released a new study tracking the race and gender of elected prosecutors. The study, Justice for All*?, finds that of 2,400 elected prosecutors in America only 1% are women of color. White men, who make up 31% of the U.S. population, are 79% of elected state and local prosecutors. Ninety-five percent of all prosecutors are white; in 14 states, all elected prosecutors are white.
2. “New rules require cities to fight housing segregation”
Gwen Ifill interviews Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro about the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rules under the Fair Housing Act released by the Obama administration on Wednesday. The rule requires “cities and towns to document patterns of racial bias in their neighborhoods, and publicly report the results every three to five years… then set and track goals to reduce segregation.”
3. “Michelle Obama to Native Youth: We Have Your Back”
The White House hosted the first-ever Tribal Youth Gathering this week, bringing together more than 1,000 young Natives from 42 states representing 230 tribal nations. Watch First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks at the event.
4. “Study: Black women face racism and sexism in the mortgage market”
A new study in the Journal of Real Estate Economics and Finance looks at how mortgage offerings differ between Americans at the intersections of gender and race: “The typical black male who successfully gets a loan might face an interest rate 8.9 basis points (about 0.09 percentage points) higher than his white male counterpart. But for black women, the gulf expands to 26.5 basis points when compared to white women.”
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