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Durham celebrates its 150th birthday, revisits its past

Duke Chronicle, Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Last Wednesday, Durham turned 150 years old.  The city hosted a celebration at the American Tobacco Ampitheater Saturday, which it said would feature free birthday cake, live performances, an inflatable bull race and a keynote speech by Mayor Steve Schewel.  In... Read More »

Modern Monetary Theory, explained

Vox, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Modern Monetary Theory is having a moment. The theory, in brief, argues that countries that issue their own currencies can never “run out of money” the way people or businesses can. But what was once an obscure “heterodox” branch of economics has now become a major topic of debate... Read More »

The black-white wage gap is growing. It’s worse in Texas.

Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The longest bull market in history. Record low unemployment. Robust jobgrowth. But as the U.S. economy races ahead, it is leaving black workers behind, according to government data and several studies. Despite one of the the longest economic expansions in U.S. history, black workers... Read More »

Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide

Inequality, Monday, April 15, 2019
The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform.  It has been created and held in place by public policies that have evolved with time including slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, mass incarceration, among many others. The racial wealth divide is greater... Read More »

Where the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates stand on reparations

Facing South, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Four hundred years after the first enslaved Africans set foot on the land that would come to be known as the United States of America, and 154 years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery "except as punishment for a crime," ... Read More »

Democrats Are Warming To The Idea Of Reparations

The Huffington Post, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Five years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates thrust the issue of reparations back into the national spotlight. In his 15,000-word essay in The Atlantic, Coates meticulously laid out why the country’s long history of slavery and Jim Crow discrimination against black people necessitated a bill like HR 40, which... Read More »

Leading reparations scholar weighs in on Georgetown's big vote

ABC News, Thursday, April 11, 2019
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The US students who want to pay slavery descendants

BBC News, Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Students at Georgetown University are voting on whether or not they should pay reparations to the descendants of slaves sold by the institution. In 1838 the Jesuit university, which relied on financial support from wealthy plantation owners and often received slaves as gifts from prosperous... Read More »

What Democrats Could Learn From 2015 NBA All-Star Kyle Korver About Persuading White People to Support Reparations

Slate, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Reparations have become a tricky subject for Democratic politicians. Thanks to (among other factors) the Black Lives Matter movement, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2014 “Case for Reparations” essay in the Atlantic, and the general focus on American racism occasioned by the backlash against Barack Obama’s... Read More »

Why black people discriminate among ourselves: the toxic legacy of colorism

The Guardian, Tuesday, April 9, 2019
My grandmother was a great beauty. Everybody said so. “Like a black Elizabeth Taylor,” was the comment heard most often, because her eyes looked violet in some light. She had a perfect hourglass figure, large clear eyes, a tiny waist, long slim hands, a killer sense of dress and smooth dark skin... Read More »

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