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Conference in Beijing, China Signals Partnership Between Cook Center and Renmin University

The Cook Center, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 scholars from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and the School of Education at Renmin University of Beijing, China, gathered to initiate collaborative research and educational activities focused on poverty and inequality. View and... Read More »

Better teachers require better incentives — let's make it happen

The Hill, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
If teaching is considered by many to be one of the most honorable professions, why does it take teacher walkouts around the country to draw attention to the continued lack of support for educators in the U.S.? Well, we could start by treating our teachers better and giving them a greater role in... Read More »

2020 Dem Prospects Want to Guarantee Jobs for Everyone

The American Spectator, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
“My impression is it may have been the shock effect of Trump’s election and the recognition that there are a host of policies, projects, that we previously didn’t think were imaginable or reasonable that are being considered on the other end of the political spectrum,” said William Darity, an... Read More »

Cynthia Nixon Catches Heat for Calling Cannabis Licenses in Black Community a ‘Form of Reparations’

The Root, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
"Given the massive scale of the plunder of black America, scholars have proposed reparations plans that are similarly wide-sweeping. William Darity, a Duke University public policy professor who has studied reparations extensively, told HuffPost in 2016 that monetary payouts could be... Read More »

Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American

NPR, Tuesday, May 8, 2018
"My impression is it may have been the shock effect of Trump's election and the recognition that there are a host of policies, projects, that we previously didn't think were imaginable or reasonable that are being considered on the other end of the political spectrum," said William Darity, an... Read More »

Should the Kanye West MAGA Debacle Remind Black People That It’s Time To Hold Democrats and Liberals Accountable?

Atlanta Black Star, Monday, May 7, 2018
Democrats and others who court the Black vote must deal with the racial wealth gap. White families with an employed head of household has ten times the wealth of their black counterparts, while white households with an unemployed breadwinner have more wealth than a Black home where the head is... Read More »

New study takes aim at debunking old myths about America’s racial wealth gap

ThinkProgress, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Indeed, Bouie is one of a growing number of journalists, social scientists, policy makers, and political leaders who are challenging age-old shibboleths that blame black Americans for their inability to gain economic parity with white Americans. Their claims are bolstered by a growing body of... Read More »

The Problem With a Federal Jobs Guarantee (Hint: It’s Not the Price Tag)

The Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
But the big thinkers behind the federal jobs guarantee have their eyes on a bigger prize. That 4.1% only represents the 6.6 million who are unemployed under the Labor Department’s official definition. Another 5.1 million don’t meet it but want a job, and 5 million work part time because they can’t... Read More »

Whether America Can Afford A Job Guarantee Program Is Not Up For Debate

The Intercept, Tuesday, May 1, 2018
The job guarantee proposal from Mark Paul, Sandy Darity, and Darrick Hamilton for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated an annual program cost of $543 billion, enough to pop out the eyes of more cautious policymakers. This would be partially offset by reduced demand for benefit... Read More »

There's a new Democratic agenda taking shape. It's more and more progressive. Can it survive success?

CNN, Monday, April 30, 2018
This marks a return, in large part, to the Democrats' "New Deal" ethos. It's not a coincidence progressives have been citing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Second Bill of Rights" in some recent messaging. Nor that the party named its official policy slate, introduced last summer, the "Better... Read More »

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