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Donald Trump is a textbook racist

LA Times, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
"Civil rights advocates, social scientists and regular citizens have all called out President Trump as a racist in recent weeks. The president’s supporters have countered with stories about the blacks and Latinos he has hired or befriended, and with personal testimonies: “I’ve known Donald Trump... Read More »

What happened with Catalonia’s vote for independence — and what’s next

PBS News Hour, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Catalonia has long sought independence, but the most recent push began in 2010, when a constitutional court overturned an agreement giving it more autonomy, part of an effort by the central government to tighten its fiscal belt during the global economic downturn, Associate Professor of... Read More »

1 in 7 white families are now millionaires. For black families, it’s 1 in 50.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, October 3, 2017
“We have growing wealth disparities among whites as well, but the white group is so much further ahead that the class of elite blacks is nowhere near the class of elite whites,” said Darrick Hamilton, an economist at the New School in New York and associate director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center... Read More »

Flyover: What's the American job worth?

National Public Radio, Sunday, October 1, 2017
We're talking jobs this week on Flyover. Specifically, tax breaks and other government incentives given to private companies to bring jobs to your communities. Is that a good deal for you? Is this the way to a stronger economy?  Our guests were Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Shawn Johnson... Read More »

Cook Center on Social Equity Receives $2.7 Million Grant For Race, Religion and Health Project

Duke Today, Friday, September 29, 2017
The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity has received a $2,713,229 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These funds will support a five-year study aimed at investigating the relationship between religion,... Read More »

Can Catalonia Split With Spain?

Council on Foreign Relations, Friday, September 29, 2017
A showdown looms between Spanish authorities and the prosperous northeastern region of Catalonia over a planned October 1 referendum on independence. While some residents of the linguistically and culturally distinctive region have long pushed for secession, the current impasse has its roots in... Read More »

This public policy idea can bring America to full employment, and it’s gathering momentum

ThinkProgress, Friday, September 22, 2017
William Darity, the Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy at Duke University, believes the federal government can come to the rescue of out-of-work Americans by assuring them of a federal jobs guarantee. It’s an idea that Darity said is gaining support across a wide and diverse spectrum... Read More »

A New Exhibit Lays Bare How White Privilege Has Influenced Durham’s Past and Present

The Independent Weekly, Wednesday, September 20, 2017
When she moved to Durham two months ago to teach at the Central Park School for Children, Randi Harrison decided to check out the Liberty Warehouse apartments, located conveniently just down the block. She was shocked by the prices. "As a black person, the skin I'm in, I thought having a... Read More »

Why We Need a Universal Basic Income

Bill Moyers, Friday, September 15, 2017
But wage theft is only one of our many problems. As such scholars as Mark Paul and William Darity point out, while the government purports that unemployment is currently under 5 percent, broader measures of classifying unemployment – including “discouraged” and part-time laborers seeking full-time... Read More »

Politico names Professor William Darity as top thinker

Duke Chronicle, Friday, September 15, 2017
For most people, the act of thinking is second nature. However, one Duke faculty member has taken this mental operation to a whole new level, according to Politico magazine. William Darity Jr., Samuel DuBois Cook professor of public policy and a founding director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center... Read More »

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