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Racial Bias Robs Wealth: VP Harris Battles Unjust Home Values

Vice President Kamala Harris takes decisive steps against racial biases crippling the value of homes owned by people of color

Vice President Kamala Harris has initiated an ambitious program to rectify racial disparities in the housing sector. Critical to this approach is confronting systemic bias within home valuation algorithms, a significant contributor to the national wealth gap. In a press call, Harris explained that the goal is to ensure that houses owned by people of color are not undervalued, thus hindering their financial progress.

Homeownership has always been a cornerstone of intergenerational prosperity and wealth creation, the Vice President noted, serving as the primary means for many families to finance education, retire in comfort, or start businesses. Yet, a racial bias in the appraisal process has historically hampered people of color from fully exploiting these opportunities.

On June 1, Harris unveiled a directive requiring financial institutions to scrutinize their appraisal algorithms for racial bias. Additionally, consumer guidelines were released to streamline the process for challenging suspected unjust appraisals.

According to Neera Tanden, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, studies have found that white-owned homes generally exceed algorithmic projections compared to Black-owned homes, reinforcing the need for these measures.

Another important part of the Vice President’s initiative includes boosting representation of people of color within the appraisal industry. Currently, a paltry 5% of home appraisers are from these communities. Harris announced that the administration is crafting training programs to entice more people of color into the appraisal field. The aim, she elaborated, is to ensure appraisers more accurately reflect the communities they evaluate.

In addition, the administration has embarked on an extensive data collection project involving over 600,000 public properties, supplementing an existing pool of 48 million homes. This effort traces its roots back to the “Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity” (PAVE) task force, a body instituted by Biden two years ago on the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Tasked with identifying and eradicating bias in the home appraisal and valuation process, PAVE’s mandate has expanded to include thwarting algorithmic bias, boosting transparency, utilizing federal data, and removing barriers to entering the appraisal profession.

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Black Woman Killed: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Shields Murderer

Florida’s controversial law protects a white neighbor after the tragic shooting of Black mother, Ajike ‘AJ’ Owens

In Florida, an unfortunate event has unfolded that once more brings to light the contentious “stand your ground” law. The controversy surrounds Ajike “AJ” Owens, a Black woman who lost her life to a firearm in the hands of her 58-year-old white neighbor. This event has strained the scales of justice, stirring a vortex of questions and concerns about the law’s implications.

The aftermath of the incident has been unsettling: the neighbor, who remains unnamed, called Owens’ children racial slurs before the incident, and she has remained free and unarrested since that fateful Friday. This situation led Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods to offer an explanation, the centerpiece of which was Florida’s “stand your ground” law.

Sheriff Woods remarked, somewhat regretfully, that he wished the shooter had contacted the authorities instead of acting independently. The law, as he explained, binds the hands of law enforcement in situations where it might apply, preventing them from making arrests until they can definitively rule out whether the use of deadly force was justified.

Details about the case, however, make the application of the “stand your ground” law here seem dubious at best. Owens and her neighbor had a long-standing feud, and the fatal shot was fired through a door, leaving one to question how the shooter could have felt her life was in imminent danger. Disturbingly, Owens’ children bore witness to their mother’s tragic end.

Yet the debate rages on. Is it self-defense when verbal abuse, targeted at innocent children and coupled with racial slurs, escalates to a deadly altercation? And should such an act go unpunished, especially when the fatal shot was fired through a door? These questions have fueled demands for hate crime charges, given the circumstantial evidence.

Anthony D. Thomas, the attorney for Owens’ family, expressed the expectation for swift justice, underlining the need for an arrest. Despite their support for Sheriff Woods, the family yearns for the fulfillment of his promise – to serve and protect, delivering justice where it’s due.

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Jacky Oh Death Exposes Further Allegations Against Surgeon

Jacky Oh’s Untimely Death Exposes Disturbing Trend of Botched Surgeries

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Jacky Oh, the actress known for her appearance on “Wild ‘N Out,” tragically passed away in Miami at the age of 32. Prior to her death, she had undergone a series of procedures performed by Dr. Zachary Okhah, which are now under scrutiny. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Oh announced her “mommy makeover” alongside Dr. Zach, sparking speculation about the nature of her untimely demise.

Reports have now surfaced regarding previous defamation lawsuits filed by Dr. Zach against dissatisfied patients. One such case involved Leila Penn, who claimed that the surgeon had mutilated her body. Dr. Zach responded by suing her for over $30,000 and accusing her of defaming him by promoting negative reviews from other patients. In a similar lawsuit, Kyla Neirenburg criticized Dr. Zach on Google, stating that his allegedly positive reviews were likely fabricated by his own staff or friends. Both lawsuits were dismissed in December 2021 without prejudice.

These revelations have shed light on Dr. Zach’s controversial history, especially in light of Oh’s recent association with him. The circumstances surrounding Oh’s death are currently under investigation, leaving many unanswered questions. She leaves behind three young children, Nova, Nala, and Prince, who she had with her former partner, “Wild ‘N Out” star DC Young Fly.

Following Oh’s passing, DC Young Fly and his family released a statement expressing their grief and requesting privacy during this difficult time. The statement was echoed by Baltimore Ravens player Odell Beckham Jr., who shared a message from Oh’s family on his Instagram Story. The family expressed their shock and requested privacy to process their tragic loss.

As the investigation into Jacky Oh’s death continues, the spotlight is now on Dr. Zachary Okhah’s alleged botched procedures and his history of defamation lawsuits. The sudden loss of Oh has left her loved ones and fans mourning and searching for answers in this heartbreaking situation.

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Sophia Nomvete Faces Racist Backlash for Lord of the Rings Role

Sophia Nomvete, cast as Princess Disa in Lord of the Rings confronts racist criticism

Sophia Nomvete, a part of the cast of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, has recently voiced her concerns regarding the hate comments she received since the announcement of her role as Princess Disa. Nomvete is one of the few black actors to join this fantastical universe, leading her to face the brunt of racist remarks. Yet, amid this backdrop of controversy, she underscores that her presence in the show acts as a crucial defiance against a false narrative – that people of color don’t belong in fantasy worlds.

The portrayal of Nomvete as the first female dwarf of color was a matter of personal and professional significance for her. Her excitement, however, was dampened by the harsh criticism she received. In an emotionally charged statement, she revealed, “I was statistically the most attacked castmember of the entire show, — There were N-bombs, I had no place here. ‘You’re too fat, you’re too black. Why are you here?’” Despite the vitriol, Nomvete is determined to change perceptions and make her character’s story more prominent, rather than lingering as a token representation.

Nomvete unveiled this reality at The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices luncheon, further highlighting that she strives to make her character more dominant, providing her an identity that’s not confined to the background as a response to racial slurs. She insists on her character’s story shaping into something more meaningful and enriching. 

However, the criticism faced by Nomvete and the show isn’t just rooted in racial prejudice. A significant portion of the viewers are taking issue with the deviations from Tolkien’s source material, particularly the visual representation of characters like Princess Disa, Galadriel, Elrond, and Gil-galad, and the depiction of the three Elven rings’ forging.

Many loyal fans of Tolkien’s works see any alterations to the canon as potentially diluting the original vision. Hence, it’s worth noting that the discord isn’t entirely about racial prejudice, but about preserving the integrity of the beloved fantasy universe. Despite this context, Nomvete remains resolute in her role and its importance, stating, “I’ve made it my mission to ease their fear, and to help educate them that it’s OK, that we can tell a story, that we can be here and the show will be better for it.”

Nomvete’s journey has sparked essential discussions about race and representation in the fantasy genre, paving the way for more inclusive storytelling. However, this progression doesn’t disregard the commitment of the fans to the source material and the lore crafted by Tolkien. It’s a delicate balance between diversifying narratives and preserving the authenticity of a timeless classic. This conversation continues to unfold as ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is available to stream on Prime Video.

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