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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 »

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.

Democrats Embrace Guaranteed Jobs Proposal

NPR - Morning Edition, Thursday, May 10, 2018
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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 »

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