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Meghan Markle Is 'Changing Discussions About What It Means to Be Biracial in America'

People, Monday, May 21, 2018
“The U.K. has one of the fastest-growing mixed-race populations in the world,” notes Dr. Sarah E. Gaither, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who also runs the Duke Identity and Diversity Lab. “To the biracial community, she’s really serving as a symbol of this... Read More »

A Federal College Loan Program Is Exacerbating The Racial Wealth Gap

Pacific Standard, Monday, May 21, 2018
As William Darity, a professor at Duke University, told me last month, "[t]hese inequalities are baked into the system through the process of transfers that take place across generations." Read the full article here.

How Right-to-Work Laws Make Inequality Worse

The Street, Monday, May 21, 2018
"Some huge amount of the productivity gains over the last 30 years in the United States have gone to executives and stockholders, and not to workers," said Professor Robert Korstad with Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. "That's because workers in major industries where automation... Read More »

Stephanie Kelton Has The Biggest Idea In Washington

HuffPost, Sunday, May 20, 2018
In February [Kelton] connected Sanders with Darrick Hamilton and Sandy Darity, two economists who specialize in the economics of racial inequality. Darity, who teaches at Duke in North Carolina, and Hamilton, who works at the New School in New York, had been putting together a proposal for one... Read More »

Worthy reads on equitable growth

Washington Center for Equitable Growth, Friday, May 18, 2018
Noah Smith sends us to hard but very important truths about why African Americans are so poor relative to their fellow citizens: William Darity plus a team of six more scholars write in “What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap” that “a narrative that places theonus of... Read More »

Leading Democrats Are Backing One of the Most Radical Economic Plans in Years

Bloomberg, Friday, May 18, 2018
“We have had a growth in employment, but we have not had a growth in employment of decent jobs,” said William Darity, Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University, who’s contributed to job-guarantee proposals. “That’s the big... Read More »

For some African-Americans, Meghan Markle is cause for celebration

Reuters, Thursday, May 17, 2018
There has been a surge of interest and excitement among some black Americans, especially black women, who are inspired by Meghan Markle’s new-found status, said Sarah Gaither, a Duke University psychology professor who has focused on diversity issues and race relations. “Most communities of... Read More »

A Long Shadow

Pod Save the People, Thursday, May 17, 2018
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson takes you inside conversations about culture, social justice, and politics by exploring the history, language, and people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each of us can take to make a difference. Each week... Read More »

What is a job guarantee — & why?

Policy Genius, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Unlike the existing entitlement system, which supports people once they become poor, a job guarantee can keep them from becoming poor in the first place, said William Darity, professor of public policy at Duke University.  What kind of jobs would people do? Darity, who co-wrote a... Read More »

Why the Racial Wealth Gap Persists

The Takeaway - WNYC Radio, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
For white people living in the Boston area, the median net worth for their household is $247,500. For African-American, the median net worth is eight dollars. That’s according to William "Sandy" Darity, a public policy professor and director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social... Read More »

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