What’s the Best Way to Give Reparations?

Medium, Monday, April 22, 2019
In2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a historic essay in The Atlanticmaking, as the headline of the piece suggests, the case for reparations. Coates was clear in his conviction that reparations have not been paid to African Americans because of a function of the country’s lingering... Read More »

Jazz and Justice: African Deep Thought Interview with Dr. Darity

WPFW, Monday, April 22, 2019
Jazz and Justice - African Deep Thought Interview with Dr. Darity Listen to the interview here. 

At Georgetown University, a vote for justice

The Telegraph, Sunday, April 21, 2019
While many are confounded by the subject of reparations for slavery, students at Georgetown University have acted on the courage of their convictions. America, take note. These students have seen how the legacy of slavery manifests itself in racial disparities - in health, wealth, housing and... Read More »

Could Reparations Help Close the American Racial Divide?

The National Interest, Thursday, April 18, 2019
As a Jewish child who escaped Nazi Germany, and whose extended family perished in the concentration camps, I got a check from the German government. It did nothing to change my feelings about the Holocaust or Germany. The same problem is faced by those who have been calling in the recent days for... Read More »

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 »