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Sanders and Clinton support reparations, but not for slavery

Fusion , Saturday, January 23, 2016
"Nevertheless, legal and economic scholars have published a large body of work on how reparations for African-Americans might be achieved. Experts like Duke University’s William Darity and the late Boris Bittker of Yale University have studied the question for decades..." Read more: ... Read More »

Bernie’s Greatest Weakness

The Nation, Friday, January 22, 2016
"Sociologist Sandy Darity and economist Darrick Hamilton are proponents of race-neutral “baby bonds” as a tool to narrow the racial wealth gap. It’s depressing that Sanders has given reparations so little serious consideration; does he even have close African-American... Read More »

Study: D.C. Among States With the Least Racial Progress

CBS News, Tuesday, January 19, 2016
William A. Darity, Jr., Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University and contributor to the study, says the major causes of the wealth gap between black and white households in any state “are past patterns of wealth deprivation by race that has meant that black... Read More »

2016’s States That Have Achieved the Most Racial Progress

WalletHub, Tuesday, January 12, 2016
William A. Darity was interviewed on the wealth gap by Richie Bernardo for WalletHub: What are the major causes of the racial wealth gap between black and white households? The primary causes are past patterns of wealth deprivation by race that has meant that black parents have had far less to... Read More »

‘White privilege’ just made an appearance in the presidential race. It’s about time.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Look over the data on housing, health care, school quality, college completion, wages, discriminatory lending. We really could go on and on. Then think with some care about what your own group's standing in that data has made harder or easier in your life, what it has made possible, what it allowed... Read More »

#TamirRice, #BrokenJustice; Economics; Missing Black Millenial; Voting process

WEAA’s EllisonReport, Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at The New School, discusses the top economic issues heading into 2016 and two solutions on creating true economic equity (Listen at 17:42) Listen: http://weaa.org/post/ellisonreport-1229-tamirrice-... Read More »

Here’s How the Federal Reserve Just Told Black Folks ‘You Don’t Really Matter’

The Root, Saturday, December 19, 2015
“Nearly 40 percent of black households have no financial assets [pdf],” New School economist Darrick Hamilton breaks down for The Root. “The black median value of household assets is about $200—only $25 if retirement savings are excluded!” Read more: http://tinyurl.com/Here-... Read More »

Liberating communities from debt

The St. Louis American, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Economists Darrick Hamilton and Ngina Chiteji have shown that the share of families with parents who cannot make ends meet is higher for middle-class black families. Hamilton and Chiteji demonstrate that having parents who are struggling to get ahead and siblings whose economic circumstances are... Read More »

Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork

The Brooklyn Rail, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
In their essay, economists Darrick Hamilton and William Darity, Jr. argue that the primary source of racial inequality lies in the wealth gap, which stems from “racial differences in inheritances, bequests, and intra-family transfers […] [more than] education, income, and household structure.”... Read More »

One way to boost achievement among poor kids? Make sure they have classmates who aren’t poor.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, December 8, 2015
“I was curious as to whether it had much of an effect, since people were so upset about it,” said William A. Darity Jr., a professor at Duke University and co-author of the study. “Our answer is: It doesn’t do as well as the race-based plan in terms of producing higher levels of diversity. But it... Read More »

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