Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream

Professors Cheryl Wade and Janis Sarra have just published "Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream" through the Cambridge University Press.  Cheryl Wade, a Corporate Justice Blog founder and contributor, and Janis Sarra chronicle the destructive predatory lending in the home mortgage context that led to the destruction of black wealth dating back to the Great Recession of 2008. 

"Since the Great Recession of 2008, the racial wealth gap between black and white Americans has continued to widen. In Predatory Lending and the Destruction of the African-American Dream, Janis Sarra and Cheryl Wade detail the reasons for this failure by analyzing the economic exploitation of African Americans, with a focus on predatory practices in the home mortgage context. They also examine the failure of reform and litigation efforts ostensibly aimed at addressing this form of racial discrimination. This research, augmented by first-hand narratives, provides invaluable insight into the racial wealth gap by vividly illustrating the predation that targets African-American consumers and examining the intentionally obfuscating settlement terms of cases brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, states attorneys, and municipalities. The authors conclude by offering structural, systemic changes to address predatory practices. This important work should be read by anyone seeking to understand racial inequality in the United States."

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