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Not All Asian Elderly Are Well Off

Video of Fox News personality Jesse Watters disrespecting Chinese people on the streets of New York’s Chinatown went viral last October. In the segment on the network’s “The O’Reilly Factor”, Watters mockingly interviews an elderly woman who apparently can’t understand him. As she stands there in silence, the piece cuts to a clip of Madeline Kahn from the movie “Young Frankenstein,” shrieking, “Speak! Speak! Why don’t you speak!” The clip was viewed over 2 million times, and people voiced outrage over how Watters treated the elderly Chinese woman and generally mocked Chinatown residents. For me, the video highlighted how little mainstream Americans understand Asian Americans and its older population. It also sheds light on how our communities are often disparagingly treated... Read more

Three Key Findings on Hispanics with Debt in Collection: Results from CFPB’s Recent Survey

Debt collection in the Latino community is a critical consumer protection issue for one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing communities. Latino families need access to affordable credit but have been historically excluded or discriminated from safe financial products. A result of this persistent economic injustice is that Latinos and other consumers who have been outside of the financial mainstream are vulnerable to financial shock, such as with health-related expenses or a job loss. Having been sidelined from affordable products, Latinos have little choice but to turn to more expensive credit to pay for their expenses. To illustrate, 39% of Hispanics households used an alternative financial product (such as a payday loan) in 2015, compared to just 17% of White... Read more

Five Key Economic Trends Among California Latinos Revealed in New Report

Demographic trends have long predicted that Latinos will be a large proportion of the country’s population, workforce, and economy. These forecasts are a reality today in California, where we get a glimpse into the nation’s demographic and economic future. Today, California has the largest Hispanic population in the nation, with two in every five Californians (39%) identifying as Latino. Nationally, the U.S. Hispanic population stands at 56 million and, by 2050, is estimated to reach 106 million, accounting for one out of every four people in the country. A new report by NCLR’s Economic Policy Project examines Latinos’ status across a range of indicators in California and offers recommendations for public policies at the state and national level that can... Read more

Narrowing the Racial Wealth Gap

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on RollCall.com on January 13, 2016. We have a proposition for the Trump administration and the new Congress, and it’s not a liberal or a conservative idea. It’s just a call for pragmatism when developing new federal policies over the next four years. For too long, even when coming together to enact laws to accomplish noble goals, Congress and previous presidents have ignored the unintended effects of “one-size-fits-all” legislation on the racial wealth divide in this country. What seems like a great idea — making college more affordable, for example — can actually feed the divide. Republicans and Democrats alike agree that the racial wealth gap is horribly skewed and growing. The median... Read more

Assessing President Obama’s Impact & Legacy

Throughout our history, the National Urban League has taken seriously our responsibility to hold the President of the United States accountable to the needs of urban America and communities of color. As President Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20, we present the Obama Scorecard to assess the first African American president’s impact and legacy. In creating this scorecard, we considered two important questions: (1) is the nation better off than it was eight years ago? and (2) is Black America better off than it was eight years ago? The answer to both questions is, unequivocally, yes. The Scorecard evaluates the Obama Administration’s successes and shortcomings in education, health, housing, economic development, and civil rights After factoring in... Read more

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