Artur Davis continues to show devotion to state
Artur Davis is one of Alabama's brightest stars in Washington.
Rep. Davis, D-Birmingham, is a freshman legislator in the House, but he does not act like a freshman.
His latest accomplishment came after he studied a report by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. The report indicated blacks typically pay higher interest rates than whites.
There is nothing unusual about a politician reading such a report and standing on the soapbox, seeking to impress constituents with volume rather than substance.
Rep. Davis, however, does not work that way. After examining the report, he concluded the numbers could mean one of two things. The benign conclusion is that the high interest rates are merely incidental, that they reflect that blacks have lower income and poor credit. The malignant possibility is that blacks are confronted by discriminatory loan processing.
He did not stop there. With support from 19 other representatives, he requested that the Federal Reserve secure more information on borrowers, including their credit history, debt levels and home value.
We could not ask for more. He did not jump to the conclusion that discrimination is to blame. But he also is not timid in his effort to find out.
Mr. Davis is off to a fabulous start. We hope his efforts continue for many years to come.