“In what appears to be the first legal action of its kind, an association of community-based organizations has filed a federal civil rights complaint against two of the three largest Wall Street ratings agencies, charging that their inflated ratings on subprime mortgage bonds disproportionately caused financial harm to African American and Latino home buyers.” (Kenneth Harney, Washington Post, Nov. 29; Hans Bader, CEI “Open Market”, Nov. 30).
P.S. Mickey Kaus (permalinks gone again, scroll to Dec. 1):
Hmmm. Didn’t community-based organizations push for exactly this sort of reverse-redlining? I think they did. It’s one thing to argue that they maybe weren’t the major cause of the subprime meltdown. It’s another for them to pose as victims wronged by the very system they worked hard to set up (including the securitization that enabled banks to keep up “reverse redlining”).