For the past several years, I've had the privilege of writing a monthly column for the Dallas Morning News. What's really exciting is that my contributions were a part of the DMN's editorial board's Pulitzer Prize winning North/South Gap series (it's nice to have a piece of a Pulitzer!).
Yesterday, I began participating in a new opportunity: the first monthly column for Dallas South News. Shawn P. Williams, the founder and senior editor of DSN, has become a seminal voice for issues related to the southern part of our city, and I've been an admirer of his since I had the pleasure of making his acquaintance a few years ago. I admire his courage and his journalistic entreprenuership! So I'm looking forward to expanding the conversation about issues related to race, culture, politics and poverty here with CTW, at the Morning News and now with South Dallas News.
The first column, by the way, deals with the laws that are going into effect in Dallas, Austin and throughout the state that regulate payday and auto-title lenders. You can read it here...
Dr. Frederick Haynes, III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church, in an earlier column reveals that now banks are getting into the short term lending business, at interest rates as high as 365% - certainly lower than 500%, but, come on!
While we're making progress, this is a fight that's far from being won!