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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 »

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 »

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 »

Black Wealth From Kanye to Donald Glover: America's Decadent Veil Read Newsmax: Black Wealth From Kanye to Donald Glover: America's Decadent Veil

News Max, Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Now more than ever in America, wealth is a generational asset. As such, the financial successes or oppressions experienced by a person’s ancestors have a pronounced influence on the advantages and disadvantages in his or her own life. In the recent report “What We Get Wrong About Closing... Read More »

I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why Meghan Markle is a big deal.

Vox, Monday, May 14, 2018
Growing up in the late ’80s as a biracial girl, I never had a mixed-race princess whose image I could sport on my backpack or my lunchbox. There was little to no representation of my identity — almost no characters in movies or television shows, no musicians or celebrities who identified as mixed-... Read More »

Economists at Minneapolis Fed meeting explore persistent racial gaps in hiring, wealth

Star Tribune, Saturday, May 12, 2018
Economists Darrick Hamilton of the New School and William Darity Jr. of Duke University discussed their research into the wealth gap between white and black Americans, which they said is rooted in slavery and unkept economic promises after the Civil War. In 2010, they proposed an asset creation... Read More »

Democrats Embrace Guaranteed Jobs Proposal

Public Radio East, Friday, May 11, 2018
"Everybody would be assured of being able to work if they were seeking work," William A. Darity, Jr., said. "And so, in effect, the unemployment rate would be zero." Listen to the full story here.

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