Where Mitch McConnell’s rationale for not exploring reparations falls short

The Washington Post, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Congress is examining the topic of reparations for the descendants of slaves for the first time in more than a decade Wednesday. But while the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties is interested enough to consider the topic, it will be a... Read More »

Those who most need affordable housing can learn to become their own best advocates

Miami Herald, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Miami-Dade County faces two critical and interrelated challenges: the affordable housing crisis and the increasing impact of climate change. These issues intersect at both the household and neighborhood levels.   At the personal level, an individual needs roughly $400 to cover water, food... Read More »

What Americans Need to Know About Reparations Ahead of This Week’s Big Hearing

Slate, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary subcommittee will hold the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on the subject of reparations. Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of the 2014 essay “The Case for Reparations,” and actor Danny Glover are scheduled to testify at the hearing, which will... Read More »

Ahead Of House Panel Hearing, We Discuss The History Of The Slavery Reparations Movement

KPCC, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
On Wednesday, a House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings for a bill that would create a commission to study how slavery impacted its descendants, as well as possibilities for redress, including compensation. The idea of slavery reparations is not new, but it picked up steam... Read More »

Reparations: A Timeline and Distillation

Atlanta Daily World, Monday, June 17, 2019
There has been a long, historical and geographically varied movement on the issue of Reparations that preceded contemporary entry and discourse — 129 years and counting, in fact. On Wednesday, Dr. Conrad Worrill, writer, educator and activist, outlined on social media a thorough reparations... Read More »

From Brooklyn to Ballantyne: The story behind Charlotte’s affordable housing crisis

Q City Metro, Monday, June 17, 2019
Anyone who’s lived in Charlotte for a minute knows that the Ballantyne area, wealthier than Mecklenburg County as a whole, isn’t the place to find an affordable apartment if you’re a hotel housekeeper, a fry cook, a landscaper – anyone making less than $15 or so an hour. But back in 1991, when... Read More »

Black Poverty Is Rooted in Real-Estate Exploitation

Bloomberg, Monday, June 17, 2019
One question is -- or should be -- central to any assessment of the state of America: Why, more than a century and a half after slavery ended, does the typical black family remain so much poorer than the typical white family? A new study on housing in Chicago illustrates a big part of... Read More »

Economics in Brief: Amazon Launches Credit Card for the ‘Underbanked’

Next City, Friday, June 14, 2019
Amazon Launches New Credit Card for the ‘Underbanked’ Amazon is partnering with Synchrony Financial to launch a credit card for people with no or bad credit, Quartz (and multiple other outlets) reported. Pitched as a credit-builder for low-income Americans, the credit card is a “secured... Read More »

Commentary: Reparations must include the costs of predatory lending

Winston-Salem Chronicle, Friday, June 14, 2019
In recent years, the spate of homicides linked to questionable uses of deadly weapons and/or force, have prompted many activist organizations to call for racial reparations. From Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida, to Michael Brown’s in Missouri, Eric Garner’s in New York, and many other deaths, a... Read More »

The economics of a job guarantee: Wage and employment effects

Salon, Thursday, June 13, 2019
Why, one might ask, is the idea of a federal job guarantee (JG) being revived now, when unemployment is at a 50-year low? This two-part series frames an answer in terms of three gaps that JG advocates see as persisting, even in today’s tight labor market: A hidden unemployment gap: ... Read More »