A Matter of Life and Death

Inside Sources, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
"This week Republicans in Congress introduced a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Since then, debate in Washington has centered on the costs of the Republicans’ plan. But while money will move around if this plan is passed, it is really about life and death. The core of the... Read More »

Black Women Are The Fastest Growing Group Of Entrepreneurs, But Major Systemic Obstacles Are Still Standing In Their Way

Bustle, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Black Enterprise also reports that in addition to restricted access to capital, women of color find themselves fighting harder to get access to influential networks and mentors. One of the reasons why has to do with the growing wealth disparities between black and white families in the United... Read More »

For Reparations: A Conversation With William A. Darity Jr.

The Next System Project, Friday, March 10, 2017
William A. Darity Jr. is the Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. The focus of his work is on inequality based on race, class, and ethnicity. He has... Read More »

A Delayed Winter Forum: Students Look at Failures in U.S. Energy Access

Duke Today, Thursday, March 9, 2017
When lights burn all night and heat is plentiful on the Duke campus, it can be hard for students to fathom that there are people down the road who lack the money to pay for electricity.   How that can be true -- and how to rectify the problem -- were topics touched upon Sunday at Duke’s... Read More »

How the feeling of falling behind fuels deadly distress for white Americans

PBS NewsHour, Thursday, February 23, 2017
Why have middle aged, white Americans experienced a stunning rise in premature deaths due to alcoholism, suicide and drug abuse? Economists who have documented the dramatic decrease in life expectancy say an obvious place to look is the loss of work and economic status for the working class... Read More »

Jobs for Homeless Program Gets Applause, So What’s Next?

Next City, Friday, February 17, 2017
“My impression is close to half of persons who are homeless have employment, regardless whether their city offers this type of program,” says Sandy Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke University. “They just have poorly paid employment.” Even if an individual were to work these jobs... Read More »

The Racialization of Academic Funding

Inside Higher Ed, Friday, February 10, 2017
Wider social factors also influence the ability of people of color to self-fund their education. As William Darity Jr., Darrick Hamilton and their colleagues have shown, deep racial differences in family wealth persist. Black and Latino families have fallen farther behind since the Great Recession... Read More »

District Ranked 4th-Best US City to Live

The Hoya, Friday, February 10, 2017
A study from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Urban Institute released in October 2016 called “The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital,” also showed that white households in the District have a net worth that is 81... Read More »

Do we need a federal job guarantee?

Tucker Carlson Tonight, Friday, February 10, 2017
Mark Paul, Postdoctoral Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke, joins Tucker Carlson on Fox News to make the case for a federal job guarantee.  Watch the full segment:

Has Black America benefited from eight years of Barack Obama? It depends on who you ask.

The Florida Courier, Thursday, February 9, 2017
In a Dec. 22, 2016 article in The Atlantic magazine entitled, “How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans,” William A. Darity Jr. wrote about his “deep reservations” about Obama’s leadership. “I worried that it was possible for the symbolic and inspirational aspects of having a Black president... Read More »