Would Ending the Mortgage Interest Deduction Reduce the Racial Wealth Gap?

Matthew Desmond has a piece at the New York Times about homeownership and inequality. In it, he rightfully takes on the Mortgage Interest Deduction, a tax expenditure that unfairly benefits those who own homes and the rich especially. Desmond ties the Mortgage Interest Deduction, and homeownership policy more generally, into the racial wealth gap. This… Continue reading Would Ending the Mortgage Interest Deduction Reduce the Racial Wealth Gap?

Demonizing, Not Engaging

Recent discussions about the white working class and racism (me, DeBoer, Mystal, et al) have me flashing back to the fascinating world of 2008 LGBT politics. In that year, the majority of Black voters came out and voted in favor of proposition 8, a successful referendum that sought to eliminate same-sex marriages in California. Needless… Continue reading Demonizing, Not Engaging