The Cheerios Controversy: Why Is the Depiction of a Multiracial Family So Contentious?

by Jimei Hon Last spring, Cheerios aired a charming commercial featuring a ‘contemporary’ American family, an interracial couple and their biracial daughter, discussing the health benefits of the famous breakfast cereal.   Within days the advertisement had generated such a strong racist backlash that its Youtube comments section had to be disabled. While the internet…

The State of the Black Pre-Lawyer

by Ryan Wilson Thurgood Marshall once asked, “What is the quality of your intent?” – a question that remains relevant and that is now more than ever in need of a response. In truth, the numbers are often reported and consistently low: African Americans make up 61% of law school applicants rejected from all schools…

Capital Access for Low Income Communities in the Community Reinvestment Act

by Lisa Qi Access to capital helps to drive businesses and economic growth and makes housing affordable and consumer consumption more convenient.  However, low- and moderate-income communities, which are frequently populated by minority borrowers, suffer particular barriers in their access to capital.  For example, notable disparities persist among racial groups in homeownership rates and access…