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Ask an Economist: How Can Today’s College Students Future-Proof Their Careers?

The Atlantic, Monday, September 12, 2016
The Atlantic surveyed experts from a variety of backgrounds asking them which skills they’d focus on if they were about to start their first year of college this fall. William A. Darity, Jr., director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Samuel DuBois Cook... Read More »

Panelists encourage sparse student crowd to fight apathy towards racial issues

The Chronicle, Monday, September 12, 2016
The Race, Justice and Empathy panel—held in the Nasher Museum of Art Friday—focused on attorney Bryan Stevenson's novel "Just Mercy," which explores the issues of racial injustice in the legal system and on death row. The memoir was also this year's summer reading book for freshmen, and... Read More »

Georgetown’s slavery announcement is remarkable. But it’s not reparations.

Vox, Friday, September 2, 2016
"For admissions to Georgetown to come close to equaling payment for unpaid labor, its credential would have to be worth its weight in income. The evidence suggests that for blacks that simply is not the case. An education buys one an extra chance at income and wealth. It doesn’t guarantee it. You... Read More »

What Georgetown's atonement means for the campus debate over slavery

Los Angeles Times, Friday, September 2, 2016
"There may be some marginal value associated with individual institutions taking steps to atone for their particular sins, but the sins of slavery, Jim Crow, and sustained discrimination and racism are collective, national evils and should be addressed at that level," said William 'Sandy'... Read More »

This landmark prison study has one big problem

The Week, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
"What is the root of black America's incarceration problem? Are racist attitudes among cops to blame? Disproportionately high poverty among black people? Or some combination of the two? Several months ago, three academics, Khaing Zaw, Darrick Hamilton, and William Darity, (statistical research... Read More »

'Banking black' becomes the latest form of social protest

CNBC, Saturday, August 27, 2016
In the context of wealth, there is a persistent disparity between what black families earn when compared to other ethnicities. According to figures from the Urban Institute, the average wealth gap between white and nonwhite families exploded between 1963 and 2013 from $117,000 to more than $500,000... Read More »

Duke University Scholar Finds That “Beauty Is in the Ear of the Beholder”

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Monday, August 22, 2016
A new study by Robert L. Reece, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Duke University and former Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) student, finds that when test subjects are told a person is of mixed-racial heritage, that person is perceived as more attractive... Read More »

Hillary Clinton's economic dream team

The Week, Monday, August 22, 2016
"The election isn't here yet, but it's looking more and more likely Hillary Clinton will trounce Donald Trump in November. Speculation over who she might appoint as advisors and agency heads has already commenced. And like anyone else, I have got my own opinions about who Clinton should pick,... Read More »

White privilege as economic reality: It would take African-Americans 228 years to reach the same level of wealth as whites

Salon, Sunday, August 21, 2016
"The black/white wealth gap is so extreme in the U.S. that whites who do not have a high school degree actually have more wealth than blacks who graduate college. Here, the tentacles of the near and far past — slavery and Jim and Jane Crow — combine with continuing racial discrimination in the... Read More »

Economist: Guaranteed living-wage jobs best way to address inequality

People's World , Friday, August 19, 2016
"Saying existing job placement programs and unemployment benefits treat economic symptoms - such as income inequality - rather than causes, noted African-American economics professor Darrick Hamilton is proposing federally-guaranteed jobs, at living wages, for everyone.  Creating and... Read More »

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